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Social Justice in Contemporary Housing


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Housing Studies, Philosophy, and Policy

The epistemological foundations of housing studies

The relationship between philosophy and policy

Applied philosophy

Policy: homelessness and housing first

Chapter 2 - The Role of the Reasonable in Public Justification


The two moral powers

The use of reasonableness as a regulatory mechanism

A political conception of justice

The liberal principle of legitimacy

Applying reasonableness to social policy: The `Bedroom Tax'

Chapter 3 - A Rawlsian Account of Justice

Justice as fairness

The difference principle

Applying the difference principle

Justifying the use of the difference principle

Reflective equilibrium

Extending the concept of reflective equilibrium

Chapter 4 - Primary Goods: An Appropriate Metric?

Criticisms of primary goods

Alternative metrics

Revising primary goods

Chapter 5 - Self-Command and Basic Justice

Self-respect as a primary good

Self-command and social freedom

The revised metric

Chapter 6 - Applying Philosophy to Housing

The modified test

Application to policy



About the Author

Helen Taylor is a lecturer in housing studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. She is Communications Officer for the Housing Studies Association, as well as a board member for housing sector organisations Newport City Homes and Cymorth Cymru, and sector publication Welsh Housing Quarterly.

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