Social Justice Research

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 145–154

Justice and the neutral state: A postmodern, feminist critique of lehning's account of justice

  • Edward E. Sampson

DOI: 10.1007/BF02337296

Cite this article as:
Sampson, E.E. Soc Just Res (1994) 7: 145. doi:10.1007/BF02337296


In this journal, Lehning (1990) defended the liberal view of political justice, arguing on behalf of a comprehensive principle of state neutrality as the linchpin of justice. By failing to deal with the postmodern challenge to the Enlightenment-liberalist conception of neutrality and by thoroughly ignoring the feminist understanding in which neutrality actually conceals a masculinist bias, Lehning's analysis is seriously undermined with respect to its possibility for understanding, let alone for accomplishing political justice.

Key words

state neutralitypolitical justicefeminist theory of differenceenlightenment-liberalist theory

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward E. Sampson
    • 1
  1. 1.California State UniversityNorthridge