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Single Idea 21052

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

Full Idea

Justice is not only about the right way to distribute things. It is also about the right way to value things.

Gist of Idea

Justice is about how we value things, and not just about distributions

Source

Michael J. Sandel (Justice: What's the right thing to do? [2009], 10)

A Reaction

This is Sandel's distinctively Aristotelian contribution to the justice debate - with which I have great sympathy. And, as he argues, the values of things arise out of assessing their essential natures.

Book Reference

Sandel,Michael: 'Justice: what's the right thing to do?' [Penguin 2010], p.261