General, Particular, and Poetic Justice (NE V)

Howard J. Curzer

in Aristotle and the Virtues

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693726
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738890 | DOI:
General, Particular, and Poetic Justice (NE V)

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Aristotle devotes one tenth of his Nicomachean Ethics to the virtue of justice. Yet although interest in Aristotle’s ethics, virtue ethics, and justice is on the rise, Aristotle’s account of the virtue of justice has been somewhat neglected. Perhaps this is because Aristotle’s account of justice is reputed to be contradictory, implausible, and even unAristotelian (in the sense that it does not fit Aristotle’s doctrine of the mean). This chapter rehabilitates Aristotle’s account of justice. Aristotle’s account of justice in NE V, supplemented by his sketchy, scattered account of the character trait of nemesis, turns out to constitute a consistent, plausible, and Aristotelian description of the virtue of justice.

Keywords: justice; general justice; particular justice; poetic justice; nemesis

Chapter.  13130 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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