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Forgotten Justice: Forms of Justice in the History of Legal and Political Theory

Allan Beever


Throughout much of the history of political philosophy, many of the great philosophers begin their work with an investigation of private law. Why is this? And why is the central focus of our modern concern, the state, examined so late in their works? This book suggests an answer to these and related questions. It reveals that there are two general ways of thinking about the legal and the political: the modern which sees all through the lens of the state and community, and the traditional which begins with individuals and with the normative relations that exist between them building only slowly ... More

Keywords: commutative justice, corrective justice, distributive justice, political philosophy, legal theory, private law, rule of law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199675487
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675487.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allan Beever, author
Professor of Law, University of South Australia