Justice
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Justice
Political, Social, Juridical

  • Rajeev Bhargava - Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India
  • Michael Dusche - Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University, India
  • Helmut Reifeld - Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Berlin

© 2008 | 324 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book looks at concepts of justice from points of view of various religious and cultural traditions (Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Cosmopolitanism, Tribal Cultures) and different methodological perspectives (historical, theological, philosophical, sociological). One common thread in these essays is the reflection on ethics universally and reference to the basic values of the Indian constitution. People from all categories were included in the dialogue process on justice in order to avoid any risk of unintentionally missing out people belonging to certain categories.

This volume attempts to express the opinions of people whose voices were not very prominent in theoretical debates on justice and its practical implications. Their perspectives on justice are contrasted with mainstream conceptions of justice, whose problematic representativeness for India today is thereby interpreted. Both abstract universalism and relativism lack a common point of reference to assess relevance and adequacy of a given conception of justice. Neither unaffected universalism nor relativism defined by traditional norms turns is sustainable. The contributors offer a concept of 'internal universalism' as an alternative to unaffected universalism.

Combining various forms and stages of 'reflective equilibrium' as conceived by John Rawls, this framework provides us with the necessary reference point to assess the adequacy as proposed in this book and engage in a comprehensive dialogue on questions of justice.

Preface Helmut Reifeld
Introduction Michael Dusche
I. REFLECTIONS OF JUSTICE IN RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS AND BEYOND
Natural Inequality: Conceptualizing Justice in Brahmanical Discourses Kunal Chakrabarti
Justice and Political Authority in Medieval Indian Islam Najaf Haider
Traditional Conceptions of Justice in Christianity Gerhard Kruip
World Society and Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Perspective Michael Dusche
II. REFLECTIONS OF JUSTICE IN LITERARY TRADITIONS
Poetic and Social Justice: Some Reflections on the Premchand-Dalit Controversy Alok Rai
Representation and Testimony: Anand`s Novels and the Problem of Justice Udaya Kumar
III: DEMANDING JUSTICE
Slum Development as a Justice Forum Roma Chatterjee
Environment and Justice: The `Public` Purpose of Water Satyajit Singh
Class, Democracy and Conceptions of Justice in India Vidhu Verma
Tribe and Justice Virginius Xaxa
Index  

A book of this kind is bound to make its presence felt because it generates ‘empathy’ which, …enables us to subvert the ‘hegemonic normative discourse’. And that is the beginning of a new praxis.

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[This book]… attempts to express the opinions of people whose voices were not very prominent in theoretical debates on justice and its practical implications. Their perspectives on justice are contrasted with mainstream conceptions of justice, whose representativeness for India today is thereby challenged.

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ISBN: 9780761936473