Single Idea 20590

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 3. Social Equality / a. Grounds of equality]

Full Idea

Aristotle's principle of proportional equality says treat equals equally and treat unequals unequally.

Gist of Idea

Treat equal people equally, and unequal people unequally


report of Aristotle (Politics [c.332 BCE]) by Tuckness,A/Wolf,C - This is Political Philosophy 3 'Baseline'

Book Reference

Tuckness,A / Wolf,C: 'This is Political Philosophy' [Wiley Blackwell 2017], p.61

A Reaction

[original ref?] This can only be assessed by considering the ways in which people are or are not equal. Equal respect should, I believe, apply to absolutely everything (even the inanimate). I can't think how this dictum should ever be applied.