Introduction: The Quest for Universality in Contemporary Context

Introduction: The Quest for Universality in Contemporary Context UNIVERSAL JUSTICE IN A DIVERSE WORLD Stephen A. Simon indistinguishable from ourselves with respect to the things that In this series, scholars address questions about the universality matter morally. Globalization also makes us more aware of how of justice with an eye to their salience within a diverse world.* our actions affect people at a distance. We feel more interconThe question is challenging because a deep tension lies at the nected both practically and ethically. center of debate over universal approaches to justice. Questions We have strong impulses, then, to thinking about principles about the universality of justice, of course, have deep historiof justice that would apply to everyone. But other factors make cal roots but also present themselves today within a distinctive us wary of moral talk that is couched in universal terms. We are political context. keenly aware of entrenched disagreements over the meaning In Sophocles' Antigone (written in or before 441 B.C.E.), of justice,3 and the devastation that such disagreements have Creon, the King of Thebes, decrees that no one shall bury the corpse of Polynices, who betrayed Thebes in civil war. Antigone spawned. This awareness is related closely with an abiding suspicion of foundational http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Introduction: The Quest for Universality in Contemporary Context

The Good Society, Volume 19 (1) – Jul 22, 2010

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UNIVERSAL JUSTICE IN A DIVERSE WORLD Stephen A. Simon indistinguishable from ourselves with respect to the things that In this series, scholars address questions about the universality matter morally. Globalization also makes us more aware of how of justice with an eye to their salience within a diverse world.* our actions affect people at a distance. We feel more interconThe question is challenging because a deep tension lies at the nected both practically and ethically. center of debate over universal approaches to justice. Questions We have strong impulses, then, to thinking about principles about the universality of justice, of course, have deep historiof justice that would apply to everyone. But other factors make cal roots but also present themselves today within a distinctive us wary of moral talk that is couched in universal terms. We are political context. keenly aware of entrenched disagreements over the meaning In Sophocles' Antigone (written in or before 441 B.C.E.), of justice,3 and the devastation that such disagreements have Creon, the King of Thebes, decrees that no one shall bury the corpse of Polynices, who betrayed Thebes in civil war. Antigone spawned. This awareness is related closely with an abiding suspicion of foundational

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