Responsibility for Justice

Responsibility for Justice When The Noted Political Philosopher Iris Marion Young Died In 2006, Her Death Was Mourned As The Passing Of One Of The Most Important Political Philosophers Of The Past Quarter Century Cass Sunstein And As An Important And Innovative Thinker Working At The Conjunction Of A Number Of Important Topics Global Justice Democracy And Difference Continental Political Theory Ethics And International Affairs And Gender, Race And Public Policy.In Her Long Awaited Responsibility For Justice, Young Discusses Our Responsibilities To Address Structural Injustices In Which We Among Many Are Implicated But For Which We Not To Blame , Often By Virtue Of Participating In A Market, Such As Buying Goods Produced In Sweatshops, Or Participating In Booming Housing Markets That Leave Many Homeless Young Argues That Addressing These Structural Injustices Requires A New Model Of Responsibility, Which She Calls The Social Connection Model She Develops This Idea By Clarifying The Nature Of Structural Injustice Developing The Notion Of Political Responsibility For Injustice And How It Differs From Older Ideas Of Blame And Guilt And Finally How We Can Then Use This Model To Describe Our Responsibilities To Others No Matter Who We Are And Where We Live.With A Foreward By Martha C Nussbaum, This Last Statement By A Revered And Highly Influential Thinker Will Be Of Great Interest To Political Theorists And Philosophers, Ethicists, And Feminist And Political Philosophers. This is a book of fundamental significance for any debate about social and political justice Young has carefully separated the concepts of guilt blame and responsibility and shows how structural injustice emerges from the actions of a multitude of separate individuals, all acting within their rights, in good faith, and pursuing their legitimate interests As a result, she has uncovered the mechanisms at work in the reproduction of social phenomena that are often deplored also by those who, unwittingly, participate in the chains of actions that make such injustice possible, and also provided us with a basis from which to challenge it Lucid, well argumented and offering highly relevant critique of many scholars who have previously addressed these issues, both classics Rawls and Arendt among them and contemporary authors, this book is essential reading not just for a
Contemporary theories of justice typically focus on the problem of distribution and what John Rawls calls the core institutions of a well ordered, democratic society Young s book argues for expanding justice beyond basic social institutions to the structure of society In doing so, she addresses the difficult question of collective responsibility for unjust social circumstances Through a critical reading of Hannah Arendt s views on collective responsibility, Young engages and criticizes the limitations of traditional moral and legal conceptions of responsibility and guilt to develop what she calls the social connection model of responsibility According to this view, agents whose conduct contributes even if unintentionally to social processes that have unjust outcomes share some responsibility for addressing social injustice In the later chapters of the book, Young d
A work of political philosophy advocating for a view of justice framed by global responsibility Young shows how an account of justice framed by personal guilt or liability is inadequate when we start to discuss the reality of structures and institutions Instead, Young puts forward that we must begin to consider justice through the lens of future oriented responsibility with an emphasis on our actions having ramifications that contradict our own values This connection al model of justice is capable of ascribing guilt and liability to individual actors that cause harm through their actions, but is also capable of showing how a society can, while individually guiltless, become unjust in its structures and institutions Young shows how we are responsible globally but especially locally for
I really appreciate Young s distinction between guilt and responsibility and, similarly, between a liability model of responsibility for injustice and a social connection model In discussions about injustice, it is easy to get caught up in whether I, as an individual, am at fault for the ills of the world Young describes this perspective as unproductive Rat
Outstanding exploration of what it means to be responsible and take responsibility for promoting justice She offers the notion of a social connect model and locates responsibilities for justice in our connection with each other differing this from the liability foundation for responsibility arg
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  • Hardcover
  • 193 pages
  • Responsibility for Justice
  • Iris Marion Young
  • English
  • 24 January 2017
  • 9780195392388