Just Ideas

Transformative Ideals of Justice in Ethical and Political Thought

Series Editors: Drucilla Cornell, University of Cape Town, and Roger Berkowitz, Bard College

 

In his novel A Frolic of His Own, William Gaddis writes: “Justice? You get justice in the next world. In this world, you have the law.” Justice, Gaddis suggests, is a fata morgana, an abstraction, a frolic of one’s own. Justice, as many have argued, is “just an idea,” one that has little if any significance in the real world.

 

Since the question of justice is one of human scope, the books in the series will encompass the breadth of humanist scholarship, mixing philosophy, literature, history, politics, and law. In contrast to those who understand law and justice to be simply various ideologies marshaled in the struggle for political power, the authors in this series insist that the idea of justice itself is meaningful for the legal and political activity of building a better and more human world.


  1. The Mandate of Dignity

    The Mandate of Dignity (Paperback)

    Ronald Dworkin, Revolutionary Constitutionalism, and the Claims of Justice Drucilla Cornell, and Nick Friedman
    Price: $28.00
    A major American legal thinker, the late Ronald Dworkin also helped shape new dispensations in the Global South. In South Africa, in particular, his work has been fiercely debated in the context of one of the world’s most progressive constitutions. Despite Dworkin’s discomfort with...

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  2. The Mandate of Dignity

    The Mandate of Dignity (Hardcover)

    Ronald Dworkin, Revolutionary Constitutionalism, and the Claims of Justice Drucilla Cornell, and Nick Friedman
    Price: $85.00
    A major American legal thinker, the late Ronald Dworkin also helped shape new dispensations in the Global South. In South Africa, in particular, his work has been fiercely debated in the context of one of the world’s most progressive constitutions. Despite Dworkin’s discomfort with...

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  3. Fugitive Rousseau

    Fugitive Rousseau (Paperback)

    Slavery, Primitivism, and Political Freedom Jimmy Casas Klausen
    Price: $27.00
    Critics have claimed that Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a primitivist uncritically preoccupied with “noble savages” and that he remained oblivious to the African slave trade. Fugitive Rousseau presents the emancipatory...

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  4. Technicians of Human Dignity

    Technicians of Human Dignity (Hardcover)

    Bodies, Souls, and the Making of Intrinsic Worth Gaymon Bennett
    Price: $65.00
    Technicians of Human Dignity traces the extraordinary rise of human dignity as a defining concern of religious, political, and bioethical institutions over the last half century and offers original insight into how human dignity has become threatened by...

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  5. What Fanon Said

    What Fanon Said (Hardcover)

    A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought Lewis R. Gordon, Foreword by Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, Afterword by Drucilla Cornell
    Price: $75.00
    Antiblack racism avows reason is white while emotion, and thus supposedly unreason, is black. Challenging academic adherence to this notion, Lewis R. Gordon offers a portrait of Martinican-turned-Algerian revolutionary psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon as an exemplar of “living...

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