Single Idea 18654

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / B. Equalities / 3. Legal equality]

Full Idea

Marxists believe that justice, far from being the first virtue of social institutions, is something that the truly good community has no need for.

Gist of Idea

Marxists say justice is unneeded in the truly good community


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn) [1990], 5.1)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn)' [OUP 1992], p.164

A Reaction

This seems to imply that in the truly good community there are nothing but truly good individuals, which is taking social determinism to its limits. Are all the citizens of a bad community inherently bad?

Related Idea

Idea 18655 Justice corrects social faults, but also expresses respect to individuals as ends [Kymlicka]