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An analysis of political liberalism and conceptions of political justice; toward a Kantian normative method for addressing issues of injustice

Baldwin, Eric (2013) An analysis of political liberalism and conceptions of political justice; toward a Kantian normative method for addressing issues of injustice. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This work focuses on Rawlsian political liberalism using housing policy in post-apartheid South Africa as a case study. During the democratic transition in South Africa, the new administration’s attention to housing policy was negligent. There was a failure to address and rectify the systemic discrimination in spatial arrangement serving to further worsen the situation for the disadvantaged majority. This paper will provide an ideal conceptualization of moral theory in relation to housing policy in the context of post-apartheid South Africa. Following this, the paper will examine the nonideal evolution of housing policy in the aftermath of apartheid. Through a Rawlsian lens, this research asks the question: what can be learned from a comparative analysis of ideal theory and actual circumstance in a post-apartheid South Africa? To this end, this thesis seeks to deepen the connection between democratic obligation and moral theory and to develop a normative method of addressing issues of global injustice.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Baldwin, Ericeab73@pitt.eduEAB73
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLotz, Andrewanl7@pitt.eduANL7
Committee MemberPallikkathayil, Japa
Committee MemberGlass, Michael
Committee MemberBond, Patrick
Date: 26 April 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 3 April 2013
Approval Date: 26 April 2013
Submission Date: 24 April 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 53
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: justice; political theory; south africa; housing policy; south african housing; apartheid; post-apartheid; kant;
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 16:33
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:12


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