Justice is Conflict
By (author) Stuart Hampshire
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Justice is Conflict by Stuart Hampshire
Book DescriptionThis book, which inaugurates the Princeton Monographs in Philosophy series, starts from Plato's analogy in the Republic between conflict in the soul and conflict in the city. Plato's solution required reason to impose agreement and harmony on the warring passions, and this search for harmony and agreement constitutes the main tradition in political philosophy up to and including contemporary liberal theory. Hampshire undermines this tradition by developing a distinction between justice in procedures, which demands that both sides in a conflict should be heard, and justice in matters of substance, which will always be disputed. Rationality in private thinking consists in adversary reasoning, and so it does in public affairs. Moral conflict is eternal, and institutionalized argument is its only universally acceptable restraint and the only alternative to tyranny. In the chapter "Against Monotheism," Hampshire argues that monotheistic beliefs are only with difficulty made compatible with pluralism in ethics. In "Conflict and Conflict Resolution," he argues that socialism, seen as the proposal of extended political solutions for natural human ills, is still a relevant, yet strongly contested, ideal.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691089744
(178mm x 101mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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"First published by Chatto and Windus Ltd., London, in association with the University of Otago Press, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1965."--Title page verso.
Spinoza and Spinozism, Hardback (May 2005)
Among the great thinkers of modern times, only Spinoza created a complete system of philosophy that rivals Plato's. Few other thinkers have felt so strongly 'the desire to have a unitary view of the world and of man's place within it. This book offers an introduction to a supreme thinker, and to his influence on philosophy.
Complete Works, Hardback (April 2003)» View all books by Stuart Hampshire
Montaigne identified both the power and the charm of a work which introduces us to one of the most attractive figures in European literature. A humanist, a sceptic, an acute observer of himself and others, he reflects the great themes of existence through the prism of his own self-consciousness. This book deals with his life and work.
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Author Biography - Stuart Hampshire
Stuart Hampshire was a Fellow of All Souls College. Oxford, and has held professorships in philosophy at Princeton and Stanford Universities. He is a member of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His numerous works include Spinoza: Thought and Action; Morality and Conflict: Innocence and Expenence: and Freedom of the Individual (Princeton)
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