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Justice Across the Spheres

Amy Gutmann

in Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780198280088
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599927 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198280084.003.0006
 Justice Across the Spheres

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Amy Gutmann argues that a just society could not, pace Michael Walzer, distribute social goods in accordance with the standards of complex equality. To support this view, Gutmann points to conflicts between multiple meanings of goods, which require adjudication in accordance with moral considerations that cut across distributive spheres. Drawing on the several meanings of productive employment and medical care in contemporary USA, she concludes that justice is complex, but not specific to distinct spheres.

Keywords: complex equality; distributive justice; distributive spheres; justice; meaning of goods; medical care; productive employment; social good; spheres of justice; USA

Chapter.  8620 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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