Elements of justice

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages243
ISBN (Electronic)9780511817519
ISBN (Print)0521831644, 9780521831642
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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