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Justice

  1. George W. Rainbolt

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee385

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Rainbolt, G. W. 2013. Justice. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

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Abstract

It is not possible to do justice to justice in one essay. Justice has been a central concern of philosophy from the time of Plato (1992; see Plato) until today. As the many essays in this encyclopedia with “just” or “justice” in the title illustrate, the scope of justice is vast (see Compensatory Justice; Criminal Justice Ethics; Global Distributive Justice; International Criminal Justice; Just Cause [In War]; Just Price; Just War Theory, History of; Juvenile Justice). Moreover, justice is a central theme in other essays as well (see, for example, Punishment; Affirmative Action). Finally, many different kinds of things can be just: decisions, thoughts, actions, people, rules, institutions, etc.

Keywords:

  • ethics;
  • feminist philosophy;
  • legal and political;
  • normative ethics;
  • Rawls, John;
  • equality;
  • justice;
  • liberalism;
  • liberty