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Justice

W.F.R. Hardie

in Aristotle's Ethical Theory

Second edition

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780198246329
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680953 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246329.003.0010
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The principle of the mean may be expressed in other measurable aspects, money for example, or actions that are right or wrong. In the case of justice, Aristotle approaches the question what sort of mean it is by first considering just and unjust actions and the question between what extremes the just act is intermediate. His analysis of various kinds or spheres of justice leads him to the conclusion that justice is a kind of mean, not in the same way as the other virtues, but because it relates to an intermediate amount, while injustice relates to the extremes. Thus, Aristotle does not assert, but denies, that the application of the mean to justice is the same as its application to other virtues.

Keywords: just act; Aristotle; virtue; mean; arbitrator

Chapter.  12053 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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