The Elements of Justice

The Elements of Justice

by David Schmidtz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521831644

ISBN-13: 9780521831642

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521831642
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1The neighborhood of justice3
2The basic concept7
3A variety of contestants13
4Contextual functionalism17
5What is theory?21
6Desert31
7What did I do to deserve this?34
8Deserving a chance40
9Deserving and earning50
10Grounding desert55
11Desert as institutional artifact62
12The limits of desert66
13Reciprocity73
14What is reciprocity?75
15Varieties of reciprocity82
16Debts to society and double counting90
17The limits of reciprocity94
18Equality107
19Does equal treatment imply equal shares?109
20What is equality for?114
21Equal pay for equal work120
22Equality and opportunity126
23On the utility of equal shares140
24The limits of equality150
25Need161
26Hierarchies of need163
27Need as a distributive principle166
28Beyond the numbers170
29What do we need?177
30Intellectual debts183
31Rawls185
32Nozick198
33Rectification208
34Two kinds of arbitrary216
35Procedural versus distributive justice220

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