Confronting Injustice: Moral History and Political Theory

2014.07.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Lyons, Confronting Injustice: Moral History and Political Theory, Oxford University Press, 2013, 240pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.07.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Lyons, Confronting Injustice: Moral History and Political Theory, Oxford University Press, 2013, 240pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199662555. Reviewed by Laurence Thomas, Syracuse University In his Politics, Aristotle claimed that it is natural that there should be slaves. Of course, it probably did not cross Aristotle's mind at all that the slaves should be black. Indeed, a white slave is what Aristotle typically had in mind. A millennium later, however, the idea that slaves should be black had very much gained a secure hold in the thinking of many people throughout the world who belonged to the white ethnic group. And the slavery of blacks in the United States unequivocally stands as the most sustained and pugnacious instantiation of black slavery ever to have occurred in the history of humankind. David Lyons's marvelous book is a most informed and majestically searching discussion of American. . .

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