John Casey

in Pagan Virtue

Published in print October 1991 | ISBN: 9780198240037
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680069 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks


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This chapter reveals justice to be the outcome of some very general harmony in a man's personality, and to denote the most general sort of moral goodness. The chapter suggests that it is because we can indeed see friendship as a moral relationship, and in a political context, that we can also understand it as relevant to justice. The chapter explores the moral relationship between friends, as it were, an informal version of justice, in the form of law that holds states together. And the justice, in the form of law, that holds states together, requires as its basis a ‘civic friendship’ between citizens. The chapter embarks upon what would constitute just political, economic, or social arrangements. The just man will then simply be the man who is disposed to bring about whatever arrangements are deemed to be just. This must indeed be part of what we mean by justice.

Keywords: justice; harmony; moral goodness; friendship; moral relationship; civic friendship

Chapter.  11701 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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