Justice as a Virtue

[Revised entry by Michael Slote on July 22, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] When we speak of justice as a virtue, we are usually referring to a trait of individuals, even if we conceive
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[Revised entry by Michael Slote on July 22, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] When we speak of justice as a virtue, we are usually referring to a trait of individuals, even if we conceive the justice of individuals as having some (grounding) reference to social justice. But Rawls and others regard justice as "the first virtue of social institutions" (1971, p. 3), so "justice as a virtue" is actually ambiguous as between individual and social applications. This essay will reflect and explore...

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