Social Philosophy Final
Respond to one of the prompts below with a paper of 7 to 10 pages, double-spaced. A hard copy of the paper is to be submitted to in class on April 27th. The claims made in your paper should be supported through careful engagement with the text. I welcome you to contact me if you have any questions or if you would like any assistance. If you have interest in writing on a different topic, please let me know. I would be happy to hear your interest in approaching any social issue with a “critical” approach. I will also be happy to discuss general questions about the final in class. Happy writing!
1. Nancy Fraser discusses how the most prominent approaches to injustices in society has been either through the lens of a “politics of recognition” or a “politics of redistribution.” She promotes a “two-dimensional” approach in which neither redistribution or recognition becomes the sole model for evaluating and responding to social injustice. Ultimately, she calls for “participatory parity” and “democratic justice” to address the concerns of social problems that emerge from her “two-dimensional” approach. In your paper, consider a specific instance of social injustice and show how it can be understood in through the lens of the politics of redistribution and recognition, then evaluate Fraser’s two-dimensional approach that calls for participatory parity and democratic justice. In your evaluation, you should be show how these approaches would apply to the specific issue that you have chosen to address, providing an analysis of the best way to understanding the issue at hand.
2. At the end of her essay, Nancy Fraser looks to several ways of addressing social injustice. She describes these approaches as “affirmative” or “transformative.” What are the advantages and limitations to these two approaches? How does her claims for “nonreformist reforms” attempt to overcome these limitations? Choosing a specific social injustice, show how these various approaches might address this problem. Provide an evaluation of these approaches as they apply to the chosen topic and consider the challenges and benefits to various approaches, endorsing the best possible response to the injustice being addressed in your paper.