The Equal Society

Essays on Equality in Theory and Practice

Product Attributes

  • Soft Cover
  • 9781775822189
  • 1st edition
  • 348
  • 2016



UCT Press

1st Edition

R 457.00

About this Publication:

Equality is a widely championed social ideal. But what is equality? And what action is required if present-day societies are to root out their inequalities? The Equal Society: Essays on Equality in Theory and Practice collects fourteen philosophical essays, each with a fresh perspective on these questions. The contributors explore the demands of egalitarian justice, addressing issues of distribution and rectification, but also investigating what it means for people to be equals as producers and communicators of knowledge or as members of subcultures, and considering what it would take for a society to achieve gender and racial equality.

These essays address not just the theory but also the practice of equality, arguing for concrete changes in institutions such as higher education, business corporations, and national constitutions, in order to bring about a more equal society.

Edited by George Hull, this book offers original approaches to themes prominent in current social and political philosophy, including relational equality, epistemic injustice, the capabilities approach, African ethics, gender equality, and the philosophy of race.

 “This is a great collection that exemplifies the most recent trends in egalitarian theory. The chapters by eminent scholars in the field discuss such important and hotly debated issues as: Should we see equality primarily as a distributive ideal or as a matter of what kinds of relations members of society stand in? What should be equal between persons: their resources or their capabilities? And how should we theoretically approach the aim of equality: by outlining a positive, even ideal, vision we should aim at? Or would it be theoretically more illuminating to begin by analyzing the existing negative social condition, like the distinctive forms of inequality or disadvantage experienced by particular societal groups, and start real-world political philosophy from there? These are all questions of justice that everybody should be interested in.”

 – Stefan Gosepath, Free University Berlin 

Contents Include:

Part I: Theoretical Expansions and Revisions

  1. Social Equality, Relative Poverty and Marginalised Groups – Jonathan Wolff
  2. Racial Equality – Charles W. Mills
  3. Epistemic Contribution as a Central Human Capability – Miranda Fricker
  4. Equality of Intelligibility – Daniel Putnam
  5. Capability Luck Egalitarianism – Bekka Williams
  6. From Well-faring to Well-being: Prospects for a Metric of Liberal Egalitarian Justice – George Hull
  7. Hierarchy and Social Respect: Friends or Enemies? – Tom P. S. Angier
  8. Equality of Freedom – Lucy Allais
  9. An African Egalitarianism: Bringing Community to Bear on Equality – Thaddeus Metz

Part II: Putting Equality into Practice 

  1. Equality, Liberty and Modern Constitutionalism – David Bilchitz
  2. Forward-looking Equalization: Can It Subsume Historical Redress Claims? – Daryl Glaser
  3. What Is Equality in Higher Education? – Ann E. Cudd
  4. Does the Gendered Division of Labor Undermine Citizenship? – Gina Schouten
  5. Social Equality and Economic Institutions: Arguing for Workplace Democracy – Pierre-Yves Néron

Of Interest and Benefit to:

Scholars and researchers in the areas of social and political thought or political philosophy,  in particular, critical philosophy of race, epistemic injustice, poverty, recognition theory, the ethics of business, African philosophy, the ethics of gender and the philosophy of education.