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Compensatory Justice

  1. Bernard R. Boxill

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee552

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Boxill, B. R. 2013. Compensatory Justice. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


Fully compensating the victims of misfortune is making them no worse off than they would have been but for the misfortune (Nozick 1974: 57). Misfortunes may be the result of luck, accident, nature, or transgression and include losses, privation, pain, disability, malfunction, incapacity, deformity, disadvantage, bodily and mental injury and harm, and damage to or theft of property; the victims of misfortune include individuals and certain collectivities of individuals such as nations, states, races, universities, firms, and clubs.


  • comparative philosophy;
  • legal and political;
  • normative ethics;
  • philosophy