Chapter

Of Justice

Jonathan Harrison

in Hume's Theory of Justice

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780198246190
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680946 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246190.003.0014
Of Justice

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This chapter discusses the following: (1) Some rules of justice would still be needed in a society in which external goods were in unlimited supply. (2) And in one in which they were extremely scarce. (3) And in which men were unlimitedly benevolent. (4) And when a virtuous man has fallen into the hands of ruffians. (5) And still apply to criminals. (6) And in war. Utilitarian account of rules of war. (7) Whether rules of justice would apply to (human or) non-human creatures whose power is very different from that of (other) men. Our duties to animals, to Martians, to the very old and the very young, and to foetuses. (8) Whether the rules of justice would apply to creatures who did not need one another's help. (9) Men's approval of rules of justice lags behind their utility. (10) Our obligation to be humane would not be suspended in any of the above cases.

Keywords: justice; external goods; benevolence; war; rules; obligations; humane

Chapter.  13827 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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