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Single Idea 21027

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 1. Social Justice]

Full Idea

To ask whether a society is just is to ask how we distribute the things we prize - income and wealth, duties and rights, powers and opportunities, offices and honours.

Gist of Idea

Justice concerns how a society distributes what it prizes - wealth, rights, power and honours


Michael J. Sandel (Justice: What's the right thing to do? [2009], 01)

A Reaction

There is, of course, the prior question of what things should be controlled by a society for distribution. But there is also justice in the promotional and pay structure of institutions within a society, including private institutions.

Book Reference

Sandel,Michael: 'Justice: what's the right thing to do?' [Penguin 2010], p.19

Related Idea

Idea 21028 We can approach justice through welfare, or freedom, or virtue [Sandel]