Spheres of Justice by Michael Walzer

Spheres of Justice

The distinguished political philosopher and author of the widely acclaimed Just and Unjust Wars analyzes how society distributes not just wealth and power but other social “goods” like honor, education, work, free time—even love.

Details Spheres of Justice

TitleSpheres of Justice
Release DateSep 25th, 1984
PublisherBasic Books
GenrePhilosophy, Politics, Political Science, Nonfiction

Reviews Spheres of Justice

  • Chris Meyers
    Spheres of Justice represents Walzers half of a debate with Robert Nozick. (Nozicks side of the debate is found in his Anarchy, State, and Utopia, which was also written as a response to Rawlss Theory of Justice. Nozick defends a libertarian ideal of minimal government and a laissez-faire principle of distributive justice.)Walzer argues for a conception of distributive justice that he refers to as complex equality. The idea is that there is no on...
  • Ralph Palm
    I've wanted to read this book for a long time, but overall I was somewhat disappointed. It is much more an assertion than an argument, and certainly not the "defense of pluralism and equality" promised in the subtitle. The basic problem is with the 'boundaries' between the spheres. According to Walzer, 'tyranny' is any transgression of one sphere into the realm of another (e.g. the influence of wealth on politics). However, the boundaries between...
  • Mohammad Mirzaali
    کتاب مفصل و دیگر کلاسیکشدهی مایکل والزر فیسوف سیاسی بزرگ چپ در سنت رالزی کتابی در توجیه یا مدللساختن عدالت نیست بلکه در تبیین نظریهی عدالت پیچیده (در مقابل عدالت سادهی کمونیستی) است. نویسنده پس از ایضاح مفهوم عدالت پیچیده سراغ حوزههایی میرود که عدا...
  • Mark Fitzpatrick
    This was a really difficult book to read when I was an undergraduate. I took a course on Social Justice and this was one of the books we read. Without going into too much detail (much of which I am still hazy about), Walzer creates a system of justice where socially defined goods exist in "spheres". These spheres are mutually exclusive to each other, such as wealth, education, medicine, etc. Because they are exclusive to one another, their distri...
  • Read Taylor
    A really good short-ish read that builds well off of Nozick and Rawls. After Rawls' look at equality through a fair redistributed state, Nozick responded with a brilliant defense of a minimalist state with which I don't agree personally but have great respect for just due to how well he lays it out. This book by Walzer advances equality into "complex equality" basically by dividing life into spheres that are not allowed to affect one another : wh...
  • Robert
    Read about a third of it for poli sci.
  • Nick Geiser
    This book's primary value is as a historical document. One of the distinctive features of Walzer's view of "complex equality" is that it is really a theory about the distribution of particular goods. This was a radical departure from other theories of distributive justice which were trying to work out what goods persons were owed rather than to which persons goods should go. It also perhaps offered a breath of fresh air from the literature on the...
  • Elle
    Walzer aims for complex equality, a system where justice is determined relative to each sphere of social goods and no ruling characteristic, office or good in one sphere dominates any other sphere. A few of the insights that interested me, especially per human rights, were these:re women"In English language, the common title is 'master,' elided to 'Mr.,' which became in the 17th century 'the customary ceremonious prefix to the name of any man bel...
  • Curtis
    Very good book. While Walzer is certainly exhaustive, perhaps he gets a bit boring, though. In all, he does a great job laying out a theory based on separate spheres of society (politics, economics, work, family, etc.) each of which is exclusive from others. In other words, one's power in one sphere should not affect one's power in another. This would be tyrannic. Walzer does a great job pointing out how money nowadays is a dominant good and allo...
  • Soha Bayoumi
    A book that happens to be important in contemporary political philosophy, though full of historical, anthropological and economic fallacies and bad documentation, besides some communitarian-flavored fascism... It is a very good expression of communitarianism as a political philosophy seeking to reconcile people with the status quo under a "communitarian" ideal, though Walzer cites Marx every three pages, he who believed that the aim of understand...
  • Mattschratz
    Performs the admirable service of rendering clearly and coherently all of the things you had thought went without saying about political life in a (seventeenth C. definition) liberal society until you tried talking about it to *that* uncle at Thanksgiving. So you know, useful.
  • David Collins
    A staple philosophical book.
  • LJ
    just started reading this one- the preface is great enough, :-). I plan to finish it this week-end. Finished reading... but no time to write a review yet. ne
  • Kony
    Caveat: My rating here probably reflects my growing dislike for this whole genre. Academic political philosophy = meh.If you're into this stuff, don't mind me and my two stars.