Equality and Freedom: Basics for
Equality and freedom are fundamental principles of justice. They are formal values or components that make up the idea of justice. Regarding the concept of social justice we must distinguish its
basis (equality, freedom), its dimensions (distribution, acknowledgement, representation) and the different
types (solidarity, basic rights, achievement or encouragement). Social reality and the limits of predominant traditions in the foundation of justice make the need to deepen and renewing the basics (equality and freedom) of social justice, to reappraise its dimensions (distribution, acknowledgement and representation or participation) and to re-balance its different types (solidarity, achievement, basic rights or legal equality) more and more imperative. The suggested approach tends towards strengthening equality and freedom, the real capacities of social majorities to define a progressive social model and a fairer society, especially in the education field. It’s framed in a ‘strong’ reformism in this process of management and searching for the way out of socioeconomic crisis full of uncertainty, with specific effects in peripheral European countries, like Spain, who bets for a more equitable and progressive way out.
Inequality, Solidarity, Human Rights, Achievement, Capacities, Reformism, Re-distribution, Acknowledgement, Social interpretation.
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Antón, A. (2013). Igualdad y Libertad: Fundamentos de la Justicia Social. International Journal of Education for Social Justice (RIEJS), 2(1),