First published in 1997. Adrian Walsh develops an original account of social justice using neo-Aristotelian value theory. At the heart of the book is an account of the human good in which human interests are divided into three main categories: the basal interests, the eudaimonian interests and the interests in subjectivity. Subsequently, the distributive goods, to which distributive principles are to apply, are divided into three main spheres; the basal sphere, the eudaimonian sphere and the sphere of subjectivity. While the overall orientation of the project is egalitarian, different distributive principles are applied in each of the three spheres, with the intention ultimately of realising the egalitarian ideal. The main feature of the book is the development of a pluralist egalitarian theory of social justice using a distinctive account of the human good.
’…treats the concept of justice as intrinsically connected with, and dependent on, that of a common good.’ Bibliographie De La philosophie
1. Introduction: Justice and the Human Good 1. Distributive Justice and the Human Good 2. Distributive Justice and the Necessity of Sacrifice 3. The Human Good, Others and Justice 2. The Normative Elements of Distributive Justice 4. A Neo-Aristotelian Theory of Value 5. Respect for Persons as Ends 3. Distributive Justice 6. Distributive Justice and the Pinciple of Equal well being 7. The Basal Sphere 8. The Eudaimonioan Sphere 9. The Sphere of subjectivity 10. Epilogue
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