This week, Christine Sypnowich published her latest piece of public philosophy, “Equality without compromise”, in Aeon. And her book, The Concept of Socialist Law (Oxford University Press, 1990) was the subject of an essay in Jacobin, “Democratic Socialism Can Make Liberal Rights Real”, authored by Matt McManus.
In “Equality without compromise”, Sypnowich argues that “Liberal philosophy has clipped the wings of the egalitarian ideal. We should return to the bolder ideals of Iris Murdoch.” In “Democratic Socialism Can Make Liberal Rights Real”, McManus writes that “The payoff from Sypnowich’s reflections on rights is considerable, not least because it breaks down some conventional binaries. … The Concept of Socialist Law deserves a second look as a hidden late twentieth-century gem, filled to the brim with provocations and perceptive inquiries.”