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Social Justice Cannot, in the Form Commonly Articulated, Meaningfully Guide Action

Lipscomb, Martin ORCID: (2016) Social Justice Cannot, in the Form Commonly Articulated, Meaningfully Guide Action. In: Social Justice: Building a Fairer, More Equal Society, 23rd - 25th June 2016, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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Nurses – along with many others – are often told that they should or must accept and work towards the promotion of social justice. Further, it is claimed that social justice represents or is a shared nursing value. This presentation challenges these assertions. Claims regarding shared values easily fall prey to forms of attribution error. Alternatively, while social justice is sometimes presented as a remedy or alternative to market disutility, the quality of arguments in which this linkage appears leave much to be desired and, in such instances, the robustness of these claims collapse. Or, assertions regarding social justice frequently appear without supporting explanation or justification. It is simply assumed that social justice (inadequately defined) is a ‘good thing’. This is not necessarily a problem. The normative strength of a claim does not rest only upon the arguments put forward in support of it. However, when social justice is advanced as mere assertion, often in a manner devoid of specificity, claims that the concept should be embraced and claims that the concept should or can promote action in the world, lack persuasive force. Moreover, in some articulations, the concept appears to generate illiberal and intolerant consequences. This presentation does not argue for inequality or social injustice. Rather, it suggests that underdeveloped and frail arguments require improvement or dismissal.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: social justice, inequality, nurses
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Martin Lipscomb
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 08:19
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:11

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