n Journal of Public Administration - The Equal Society: Essays on Equality in Theory and Practice, George Hull (Ed.) - book review

Volume 52 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767


George Hull's compilation of essays on the theory and praxis of equality, titled The Equal Society, invokes nostalgia – an intellectual stroll down memory lane, from the classical works of Plato and Aristotle to Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim. A highly contested concept in the history of philosophy and the philosophy of social justice, equality continues to enthuse the cognitive faculties of successive generations of thinkers. As the concept of equality is continuously refined for contextual relevance, coupled with the insinuations of the philosophical traditions of its different epochs, the questions about it abound. Isn't equal society an illusion of idealism? This question kept on coming up in my mind as I was reading the book.

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