Single Idea 18655

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / D. Justice / 1. Basis of justice]

Full Idea

Justice is more than a remedial virtue. It does remedy defects in social co-ordination, ...but it also expresses the respect individuals are owed as ends in themselves, not as mean's to someone's good, or even to the common good.

Gist of Idea

Justice corrects social faults, but also expresses respect to individuals as ends


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

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn)' [OUP 1992], p.169

A Reaction

That is, I take it, that justice operates at two different levels in our theoretical social thinking.

Related Idea

Idea 18654 Marxists say justice is unneeded in the truly good community [Kymlicka]