Social Justice in the Ancient World

Social Justice in the Ancient World

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This edited collection focuses on the problem of social justice, or, more particularly, how the demand for social justice was articulated and implemented in ancient civilizations, including, from east to west, the Chinese, Indian, Iranian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Israelite, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman. These essays are supplemented by discussions of the functioning of social justice in early and medieval Islam and in the postmedieval Anglo-Saxon world. The volume contains extended discussions of specific legal regulations, royal edicts, and socioeconomic practices in the various civilizations, and examinations of their social, political, and economic consequences. Written by leading scholars in their respective fields, this volume will be of great interest to researchers dealing with the ancient world and the evolution of political philosophy and legal and economic rights.

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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 157.5 x 233.7 x 22.9mm | 430.92g
  • ABC-CLIO
  • Greenwood Press
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0313291446
  • 9780313291449

About K D Irani

K. D. IRANI is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the City College of the City University of New York. MORRIS SILVER is Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department of Economics at the City College of the City University of New York.

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Table of contents

Preface The Idea of Social Justice: Its Forms and Evolution The Idea of Social Justice in the Ancient World by K. D. Irani Social Justice and the Subsistence Economy: From Aristotle to Seventeenth-Century Economics by S. Todd Lowry The Origins of a Concept of Social Justice by Howard L. Adelson Articulation of the Idea of Social Justice in the Ancient World Khremata: Acquisition and Possession in Archaic Greece by Thomas J. Figueira Images of Justice in Early Greek Poetry by Gregory Nagy Justice and the Metaphor of Medicine in Early Greek Thought by Marshall S. Hurwitz Social Justice in Ancient Iran by Farhang Mehr Social Justice in Ancient India: In Artha Sastra by M. G. Prasad The Practice of Social Justice in the Ancient World, The Ideological Basis for Social Justice/Responsibility in Ancient Egypt by Scott N. Morschauser Social Justice in Early Islamic Society by Fereydoun Hoveyda The Idea of Social Justice in Ancient China by Thomas H. C. Lee Social Justice and Reform in the Ancient World Social Justice in the Ancient Near East by Raymond Westbrook Social Reform in Ancient Mesopotamia by Benjamin R. Foster Prophets and Markets Revisited by Morris Silver Demands for Land Redistribution and Debt Reduction in the Roman Republic by Richard E. Mitchell Selected Bibliography Indes

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