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The Ajax DilemmaJustice, Fairness, and Rewards$
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Paul Woodruff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199768615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.001.0001

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(p.140) Justice
The Ajax Dilemma

Paul Woodruff

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the ongoing problem of justice. It identifies the necessary conditions for justice: dueness condition and subjectivity condition. It explains how justice sustains community by according to each member what is due to that person, and by making its decisions credible. It also discusses the need for justice to consider the relative values of the things we do; and how hypotheses about justice cannot be tested through social experiments, only in thought. The chapter concludes with an account of justice that is independent of principle.

Keywords:   Ajax, justice, philosophy, dueness, subjectivity, community, value

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