Concepts of justice and practical injustices

Paul Patton, Jeremy Moss

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This chapter takes up the question of what is meant by ‘practical justice’ and how it relates to current philosophical approaches to justice. After a brief examination of contemporary conceptions of distributive, historical and relational or recognitive justice, it argues that practical justice should not be considered another conception of justice alongside these. Rather, we should think of practical justice as referring to an open-ended assortment of policies, practices and practical maxims that arise when we move beyond the simplifying assumptions of ‘ideal’ theory and attempt to apply a given conception of justice in real-world conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPractical Justice
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples, Practice and Social Change
Editors Peter Aggleton, Alex Broom, Jeremy Moss
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781351010498
ISBN (Print)9781138541658
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • social justice
  • equality
  • social change


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