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The State and Justice

The State and Justice
An Essay in Political Theory

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  • Date Published: November 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521389662

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  • Offering a new political theory combining elements from the Marxist and liberal traditions, this book presents a disturbing view of the contemporary state at war with itself. This internal conflict stems from the state's having the double task of spurring on the economy and protecting the welfare and rights of all its citizens. Such conflict does not end at national boundaries but extends through the system of any imperial state. This perspective illuminates the fractures and instability within the imperial system.

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    "This is an important, ambitious book. Rather than continuing the debate about what Marx thought about justice or the state, Fisk has set out to construct a materialist theory of each, and their interrelation...He draws on concrete historical and contemporary experience to a degree rare among philosophers...Fisk is bold, unconventional, provocative. Few readers will agree with everything here; fewer still will come away without new ideas buzzing in the brain." David Schweickart, Radical Philosophy Review of Books

    "The State and Justice demonstrates the continuing vitality and fruitfulness of Marxist approaches to social and political philosophy. It is lucidly written and replete with lively historical examples. It is essential reading for anyone interested in justice, the state, or theory of social explanation; the standard upper-division or graduate course on justice should henceforth feature Rawls, Nozick, and Fisk." The Philosophical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521389662
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: can the state rule without justice?
    Part I. An Outline of a Materialist Political Theory:
    1. A challenge to materialism
    2. A framework for the state
    3. The revolt against theory
    4. State autonomy
    Part II. An Assessment of the Place of Justice in the State:
    5. Ideal justice
    6. Property and justice
    7. Repression and radical justice
    8. Justice and materialism
    9. Equality and liberty
    10. Class and the limits of control
    Part III. A Functional View of Political Institutions:
    11. On functional explanation
    12. Power and function
    13. Democracy, its bright and dark sides
    14. Welfare capitalism
    15. The new mercantilism
    16. Organized labor and the state
    Part IV. An Account of the Community of States:
    17. Global justice
    18. The imperial state
    19. Peace through strength
    20. The Soviet Union as other
    Part V. A Reflection on the Transition to a New Kind of State:
    21. Liberal egalitarianism
    22. Revolutionary anarchism
    23. Democracy and the transition to socialism
    24. The socialist state
    Conclusion: state class, and democracy

  • Author

    Milton Fisk

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