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The Tyranny of the Ideal: Justice in a Diverse Society

Gerald Gaus


This book lays out a vision for how we should theorize about justice in a diverse society. It shows how free and equal people, faced with intractable struggles and irreconcilable conflicts, might share a common moral life shaped by a just framework. The book argues that if we are to take diversity seriously and if moral inquiry is sincere about shaping the world, then the pursuit of idealized and perfect theories of justice—essentially, the entire production of theories of justice that has dominated political philosophy for the past forty years—needs to change. Drawing on recent work in social ... More

Keywords: justice, diverse society, diversity, morality, ideal justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691183428
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691183428.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald Gaus, author
University of Arizona