Readership: Scholars and students of political theory, political philosophy, and social policy.
Jonathan Wolff, Professor of Philosophy, University College, London, and Avner de-Shalit, Professor of Democracy and Human Rights, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Jonathan Wolff is the author of Robert Nozick (1991), An Introduction to Political Philosophy (1996), and Why Read Marx Today (2002) and, editor, with Michael Rosen, of Political Thought (1999) and with Martin Stone The Proper Ambition of Science, as well as papers on many topics within contemporary political philosophy. He works as a consultant on the ethics of risk for the railway industry, and has sat on public committees looking into the ethics of animal experimentation, the regulation of gambling, the law of homicide and
the regulation of drugs. His present research concerns a number of issues connecting philosophical theory and practice, including safety, disability, health, and crime. His works have been translated into over ten languages. He is Professor of Philosophy at University College London.
Avner de-Shalit is the author of Why posterity Matters? (1995), Socialism (in Hebrew, 1997), The Environment: Between Theory and Practice (2000) and Power to the People: Teaching Political Philosophy in Skeptical Times (2006), and co-editor, with Daniel Bell, of Forms of Justice (2003). He has published numerous articles, mostly in the field of environmental political theory. de-Shalit is chairperson of the Public Council on Environment and Society in Israel. He is the Max Kampelman Professor
of Democracy and Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Review(s) from previous edition"A book for those who ask what we should do about the gross injustices that face us here and now - Serena Olsaretti, Times Literary Supplement
"an extremely engaging book ... their aim of providing a link between philosophy and public policy is one of the most attractive features of this volume. Without a doubt, Disadvantage constitutes an important contribution to the egalitarian debate about social justice." - Cristian Perez Muñoz, Political Studies Review
Part 1: The secure functionings approach
1: The pluralism of disadvantage
4: Opportunity and responsibility
Part 2: Applying theory to practice
5: The indexing problem
6: Measuring functionings
7: Clustering of disadvantage and empirical research
Part 3: Public policy
8: Declustering disadvantage
9: Priority to the least advantaged
10: Addressing disadvantage while respecting people
Appendix 1: Details of the interviews