Social Justice and Liberalism

Authored by: Michael Reisch

Routledge International Handbook of Social Justice

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415620437
eBook ISBN: 9781315857534
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934011

10.4324/9781315857534.ch9

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Abstract

For over two centuries, secular views of social justice in the West have been closely associated with the political philosophy known as liberalism. Their relationship has often been so intertwined that they are frequently considered inseparable, if not identical. Yet, liberalism shares many of the characteristics of all other approaches to social justice. Liberal views of social justice have been influenced by the historical circumstances in which they emerged and evolved, particularly the dominant political, economic, and social forces of the period. As ideas about justice took different forms in different nations, a variety of types of liberalism evolved.

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