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Single Idea 21028

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

Full Idea

We have identified three ways of approaching the distribution of goods: welfare, freedom and virtue. ...and these are three ways of thinking about justice.

Gist of Idea

We can approach justice through welfare, or freedom, or virtue


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

A Reaction

Virtue is Sandel's distinctively Aristotelian contribution to the problem. The best known instance of justice is punishment, which is a distribution of harms.

Book Reference

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

Related Idea

Idea 21017 Political freedom is an incoherent project, because some freedoms limit other freedoms [Nussbaum]