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. 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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  2. What Fanon Said

    What Fanon Said (Paperback)

    A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought Lewis R. Gordon, Foreword by Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, Afterword by Drucilla Cornell
    Price: $22.00
    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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  3. Punishment and Inclusion

    Punishment and Inclusion (Hardcover)

    Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism Andrew Dilts
    Price: $95.00
    At the start of the twenty-first century, 1 percent of the U.S. population is behind bars. An additional 3 percent is on parole or probation. In all but two states, incarcerated felons cannot vote, and in three states felon disenfranchisement is for life. More than 5 million adult Americans...

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  4. Punishment and Inclusion

    Punishment and Inclusion (Paperback)

    Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism Andrew Dilts
    Price: $30.00
    At the start of the twenty-first century, 1 percent of the U.S. population is behind bars. An additional 3 percent is on parole or probation. In all but two states, incarcerated felons cannot vote, and in three states felon disenfranchisement is for life. More than 5 million adult Americans...

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  5. 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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