Social justice has many meanings. On a literal level, it combines two concepts: the idea that there is a society and the idea that justice should be an integral part of society. Education plays an important role in society by providing opportunities for increasing knowledge and skills and for enhancing intellectual and moral development. This entry provides an overview of social justice and explores how it is related to education and diversity in Europe.


In philosophical terms, the idea of justice has a long history that can be traced back to Confucius in China and to Plato and Aristotle in Western thinking. No civilization can claim ownership of knowledge, or the quest for justice, which are both fundamental for human coexistence and progress. Each generation reinterprets ...

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