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International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 17, Issue 1, Spring 2003

Saul Smilansky
Pages 111-120

The Inevitability of Injustice
What to Do?

Few will dispute the claim that existing societies are unjust, although of course there are vast differences in the forms and degrees of injustice in them. Nevertheless, most probably think that a just social order is possible, or at least would be possible except for the narrowmindedness, stupidity or selfishness of individuals and social groups. This, I argue, is a mistake. Injustice is inevitable; indeed it is part of the human condition. My case is based upon the free will problem. I consider objections to this claim, and what we should do if it is true.