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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.Read more
- 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..."
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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
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.
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