Living With Injustice: Lessons from 1963

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September 6, 2013

CREDIT: Minnesota Historical Society, Wikimedia Commons

Essay by Claire Katz and John Kaag

1963: it was a remarkable year in political philosophy, and in the violence and injustice that often begets it. Philosophy has no shortages of anniversaries, but some are more important than others. The most important, we argue, are those that remind us of what philosophy can be, how it can respond to and articulate the pressing social issues of the day, how it can speak to a public that would rather ignore them. This amounts to saying that some of the most important anniversaries in philosophy are also some of the most disturbing. Such is the case with 1963.

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