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. Law and Revolution in South Africa

    Law and Revolution in South Africa (Paperback)

    uBuntu, Dignity, and the Struggle for Constitutional Transformation Drucilla Cornell
    Price: $24.00
    The relation between law and revolution is one of the most pressing questions of our time. As one country after another has faced the challenge that comes with the revolutionary overthrow of past dictatorships, how one reconstructs a new government is a burning issue.

    South Africa, after a...

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  2. Law and Revolution in South Africa

    Law and Revolution in South Africa (Hardcover)

    uBuntu, Dignity, and the Struggle for Constitutional Transformation Drucilla Cornell
    Price: $85.00
    The relation between law and revolution is one of the most pressing questions of our time. As one country after another has faced the challenge that comes with the revolutionary overthrow of past dictatorships, how one reconstructs a new government is a burning issue.

    South Africa, after a...

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  3. Thresholds of Illiteracy

    Thresholds of Illiteracy (Paperback)

    Theory, Latin America, and the Crisis of Resistance Abraham Acosta
    Price: $26.00
    Thresholds of Illiteracy reevaluates Latin American theories and narratives of cultural resistance by advancing the concept of “illiteracy” as a new critical approach to understanding scenes or moments of social antagonism....

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  4. Thresholds of Illiteracy

    Thresholds of Illiteracy (Hardcover)

    Theory, Latin America, and the Crisis of Resistance Abraham Acosta
    Price: $85.00
    Thresholds of Illiteracy reevaluates Latin American theories and narratives of cultural resistance by advancing the concept of “illiteracy” as a new critical approach to understanding scenes or moments of social antagonism....

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  5. Fugitive Rousseau

    Fugitive Rousseau (Hardcover)

    Slavery, Primitivism, and Political Freedom Jimmy Casas Klausen
    Price: $65.00
    Critics have claimed that Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a primitivist who was uncritically preoccupied with “noble savages” and that he remained oblivious to the African slave trade. Fugitive Rousseau demonstrates why these...

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