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Reassessing Walzer’s social criticism
Lund University, Sweden.
2012 (English)In: Philosophy & Social Criticism, ISSN 0191-4537, E-ISSN 1461-734X, Vol. 38, no 9, 917-937 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is often argued that Michael Walzer's theory of social criticism, which underpins his theory of justice, is not much of a theory at all, but rather an impressionistic collection of historical anecdotes. Contrary to this perception, I argue that Walzer's method can be accurately described as a version of John Rawls' well-known method of wide reflective equilibrium. Through a systematic comparison it can be shown that the two methods are strikingly similar. This implies that, far from the critics' claim, Walzer's method can be described as a philosophically sophisticated method. This also adds credibility to Walzer's views on politics and justice.

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Sage Publications, 2012. Vol. 38, no 9, 917-937 p.
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hermeneutics, justice, John Rawls, reflective equilibrium, social criticism, Michael Walzer
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-107519DOI: 10.1177/0191453712461344ISI: 000311421800005OAI: diva2:724986
Available from: 2014-06-13 Created: 2014-06-13 Last updated: 2014-08-06Bibliographically approved

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