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The Elements of Justice

The Elements of Justice

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  • Date Published: January 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521831642

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  • What is justice? Questions of justice are questions about what people are due, but what that means in practice depends on context. Depending on context, the formal question of what people are due is answered by principles of desert, reciprocity, equality, or need. Justice, thus, is a constellation of elements that exhibit a degree of integration and unity, but the integrity of justice is limited, in a way that is akin to the integrity of a neighborhood rather than that of a building. A theory of justice is a map of that neighborhood.

    • Discusses what justice is and how its meaning will often depend on its context
    • Looks at what constitutes justice from a philosophical and legal perspective
    • Will be of interest to philosophers, political scientists and legal theorists
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    "...(W)hat makes Elements of Justice so rich and compelling is that Schmidtz does not follow the dominant pattern of philosophical argumentation..."
    Adam Kadlac, The Hedgehog Review

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    • Date Published: January 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521831642
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1. What is justice?
    2. How to deserve
    3. How to reciprocate
    4. Equal respect and equal shares
    5. Three kinds of need
    6. Separate persons and the limits of justice.

  • Author

    David Schmidtz, University of Arizona
    David Schmidtz is Professor of Philosophy, joint Professor of Economics, and Director of the Program of Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Rational Choice and Moral Agency and co-author, with Robert Goodin, of Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility. He is editor of Robert Nozick and edited, with Elizabeth Willott, Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works. His lectures on justice have taken him to sixteen countries and six continents.

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