Distributive Justice: Getting What We Deserve from Our Country

2017.01.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Fred Feldman, Distributive Justice: Getting What We Deserve from Our Country, Oxford University Press, 2016, 269pp., $50.00
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2017.01.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Fred Feldman, Distributive Justice: Getting What We Deserve from Our Country, Oxford University Press, 2016, 269pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198782988. Reviewed by James Alexander, Bilkent University Following Rawls's 'Justice as Fairness' and Brian Barry's 'Justice as Impartiality', this book should probably be entitled 'Justice as Desert'. For here is the classic account of justice all over again: one which was expressed in the words suum cuique, literally 'to each his own', or, more fully, 'the rendering to each man his due' -- a view which, according to Plato, originated with Simonides. It is the view found in Cicero and Justinian's Institutes. Lawyers like it. Philosophers, following Plato, do not. Andrew Vincent in The Nature of Political Theory points out that theories of justice in the last half century have been theories of anything but desert. So it is interesting to find a modern philosopher. . .

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