The good society

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This chapter discusses how considerations of the good, both the human good and the impersonal good, can inform accounts of distributive justice for modern political societies. Starting with the assumption that just political societies will aim to promote the good of their members, it argues that considerations about good human lives are integral to determining the content of justice. This chapter also argues that, while just political societies must promote the good of their members, a good society realizes goods beyond the good of justice. In particular, a good society supports impersonal goods and promotes fitting attitudes toward them. The point of justice is the human good, but a just society is perfected by its concern for the impersonal good.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Distributive Justice
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780199645121
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Autonomy
  • Human good
  • Impersonal goods
  • Justice
  • Pluralism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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