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Just Hierarchy: Why Social Hierarchies Matter in China and the Rest of the World

Daniel Bell and Wang Pei


All complex and large-scale societies are organized along certain hierarchies, but the concept of hierarchy has become almost taboo in the modern world. This book contends that this stigma is a mistake. In fact, as the book shows, it is neither possible nor advisable to do away with social hierarchies. The book ask which forms of hierarchy are justified and how these can serve morally desirable goals. It looks at ways of promoting just forms of hierarchy while minimizing the influence of unjust ones, such as those based on race, sex, or caste. Which hierarchical relations are morally justified ... More

Keywords: hierarchy, social hierarchy, hierarchical relations, social relations, just hierarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691200897
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691200897.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Bell, author
Shandong University

Wang Pei, author
Fudan University