Ariadne's Thread on Justice


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Fred Speaking
There are lots of different kinds of things that we call just or just; and there are lots of different questions that we ask about justice in our political debates. But there may also be a way to reduce the confusion.

 From what I have read, there are several traditional kinds of justice.

  • Distributive justice
  • Commutative justice
  • Retributive justice
  • Reparative justice

Distributive justice would cover questions about a just distribution of income or taxes. Commutative justice would cover questions about just prices and wages. Retributive justice would include questions about just punishments. And reparative justice would include questions about how to make reparations for past injustices. Does that help us to make sense of so many different questions?

I still wonder about Dee's question, however. Do all of these have something in common?


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