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 J - Justice


Justice: Fairness; treating persons according to their merits and demerits, without positive or negative excess; giving what is due; treating persons according to their rights.

As defined, justice requires that equal cases be treated equally, but does not imply that all cases or all men are equal. Also, what is just depends on what one thinks are merits and demerits, and when and why something is due to someone based on his merits and demerits.



See also: Category mistake


Aristotle, Mill

 Original: Aug 26, 2004                                                Last edited:24 January 2012 .   Top