In Defence of Pure Pluralism: Two Readings of Walzer's Spheres of Justice

Journal of Political Philosophy 8 (3):343-362 (2000)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In this article I will argue that there are two theories of distributive justice hidden in Walzer's Spheres of Justice. The first one emphasises the separation of distributive spheres. It tries to formulate distributive criteria by sticking faithfully to sphere‐specificity. I shall refer to this theory as ‘pure pluralism’. The second theory downplays the separation of spheres and emphasises ‘across spheres’ or ‘between spheres’ criteria instead. I shall call this theory ‘mitigated pluralism’. Mitigated pluralism has become popular among Walzer's friendly critics who apparently do not want to charge him with a distributive theory as clear and rigid as pure pluralism. Although I consider myself another friendly critic, I shall argue in favour of pure pluralism.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,038

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Reading Walzer.Yitzhak Benbaji & Naomi Sussmann (eds.) - 2013 - New York: Routledge.
The political philosophy of Walzer’s social criticism.James Gregory - 2010 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (9):1093-1111.
Pluralism, Justice, and Equality.David Miller & Michael Walzer (eds.) - 1995 - Oxford University Press.
Liberalism and value pluralism.George Crowder - 2002 - New York: Continuum.
Impartiality in context: grounding justice in a pluralist world.Shane O'Neill - 1997 - Albany: State University of New York Press.
Chemical substances and the limits of pluralism.Robin Findlay Hendry - 2011 - Foundations of Chemistry 14 (1):55-68.
On Toleration.Michael Walzer - 1997 - Yale University Press.
On Toleration.Michael Walzer - 1997 - Yale University Press.
Reconsidering “Supreme Emergencies”.William R. Lund - 2011 - Social Theory and Practice 37 (4):654-678.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
24 (#574,772)

6 months
1 (#1,087,801)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?