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

Full Idea

It was the diagnosis of an intolerable injustice in slavery that made abolition an overwhelming priority, and this did not require a search for a consensus on what a perfectly just society would look like.

Gist of Idea

You don't need a complete theory of justice to see that slavery is wrong


Amartya Sen (The Idea of Justice [2009], Intro 'Classical')

Book Reference

Sen, Amartya: 'The Idea of Justice' [Penguin 2010], p.21

A Reaction

This illustrates Sen's key points, that we should focus on injustices, which are obvious, and that designing a totally just society has little relevance to justice in practice (which is what matters). Well said.