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Impartial Justice, Motivation, and Punishment

Matt Matravers

in Justice and Punishment

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780198295730
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599828 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295731.003.0006
 Impartial Justice, Motivation, and Punishment

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It is argued that a premiss of the fundamental moral equality of persons is built into the foundations of impartialist theories of justice. The inclusion of this premise means that the demands of justice are disconnected from the personal perspective adopted by the agent and appear to him as alien restrictions on the pursuit of his good. Thus, coercion is needed to fill the gap between morality and self‐interest.

Keywords: coercion; good; impartialism; justice; moral equality; moral motivation; morality; self‐interest

Chapter.  13912 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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