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Governments today often apologize for past injustices and scholars increasingly debate the issue, with many calling for apologies and reparations. Others suggest that what matters is victims of injustice today, not injustices in the past. Spinner-Halev argues that the problem facing some peoples is not only the injustice of the past, but that they still suffer from injustice today. They experience what he calls enduring injustices, and it is likely that these will persist without action to address them. The history of these injustices matters, not as a way to assign responsibility or because we need to remember more, but in order to understand the nature of the injustice and to help us think of possible ways to overcome it. Suggesting that enduring injustices fall outside the framework of liberal theory, Spinner-Halev spells out the implications of his arguments for conceptions of liberal justice and progress, reparations, apologies, state legitimacy, and post-nationalism.Read more
- Topical subject – how we should deal with injustices faced in the past by oppressed peoples
- Covers slavery and the plight of indigenous peoples
- The author is an eminent philosopher and political theorist and this book contributes to developing liberal theory
Reviews & endorsements
"With characteristic sensitivity and nuance, Spinner-Halev explores the ways in which deep injustices can persist even within avowedly liberal regimes. This is an important book by a committed liberal with a deep appreciation for the limitations of liberal solutions." - Joseph H. Carens, Professor of Political Science, University of TorontoSee more reviews
"No country’s past is free from the stain of injustice. But which past injustices merit attention today, and what kind of response is appropriate? Jeff Spinner-Halev tackles these questions from a fresh perspective, arguing that liberal political theory is ill equipped to handle them, and constructing a distinctive framework for thinking them through in a more helpful way. This is an insightful and provocative book by one of the country’s most consistently interesting political theorists." - Alan Patten, Professor of Politics, Princeton University
"Enduring Injustice introduces a new and provocative framework for thinking about not only the nature of past injustices but also the way in which they can persist into the present and why we need to address them. But even more impressively, Spinner-Halev ties this discussion to broader issues in liberal political theory and challenges us to think about the nature of injustice more generally. This is an important topic and terrific read." - Duncan Ivison, Professor of Political Philosophy and Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney
"Spinner-Havel's Enduring Injustice is a thoughtful, provocative contribution to a growing theoretical literature on how to respond to historical acts of injustice...[he]forces readers to rethink the ways in which these narratives have been addressed in liberal theory and practice, as well as in perspectives that critique liberalism's shortcomings. Enduring Injustice is an important, timely contribution to thinking about past injustice and the ability to confront it and cope with its effects in contemporary societies" -R.W. Glover, University of Maine, CHOICE
“Scholars and the public recognize that much human suffering in the world has deep historical roots. But we are poorly equipped to think about how and why this past relates to our present politics. Enduring Injustice provides us the needed theoretical road map…Enduring Injustice is perceptive, provocative, and terrifically engaging. It skillfully brings history and historical injustices in from the margins by arguing persuasively why and how history matters to the central concerns of liberal theory and practice.”- Melissa Nobles, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Perspectives on Politics
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- Date Published: May 2012
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107017511
- length: 246 pages
- dimensions: 234 x 157 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.52kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Radical injustice
2. Which injustices? What groups?
3. Enduring injustice
4. Apology and acknowledgement
5. Legitimacy and the cast of history
6. Elusive justice
7. A chastened liberalism.
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