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Types Of Justice

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Types Of Justice

  1. 1. Types of Justice <ul><li>Distributive Justice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits and burdens </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Retributive Justice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Criminal justice </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Distributive Justice <ul><li>The central question of distributive justice is the question of how the benefits and burdens of our lives are to be distributed. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Justice involves giving each person his or her due. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equals are to be treated equally. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Goods Subject to Distribution <ul><li>What is to be distributed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Income (income tax) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wealth (inheritance tax) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities (equal opportunities) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Subjects of Distribution <ul><li>To whom are good to be distributed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual persons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups of persons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classes </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Apply to Social Policy <ul><li>Tax Policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Progressive tax system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flat tax system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should the wealthy be taxed at a higher rate </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Apply to Social Policy <ul><li>Health Care </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Should everyone have health care? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should wealthy people have access to health care that middle or poorer people do not have? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Bases for Distribution <ul><li>On what basis should goods be distributed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equality ( Amartya Sen ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Merit ( Hillel Steiner ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free market transactions ( Nozick ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximizing individual needs or desires </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to make best use of the goods </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Strict Egalitarianism <ul><li>Basic principle: every person should have the same level of material goods and services </li></ul><ul><li>Criticisms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unduly restricts individual freedom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May conflict with what people deserve </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. John Rawls <ul><li>Rawls’s A Theory of Justice (1971) has set the stage for contemporary discussions of justice. </li></ul><ul><li>Justice as Fairness </li></ul>
  10. 10. A Theory of Justice <ul><li>Each person is to have an equal right to the most extensive total system of equal basic liberties compatible with a similar system of liberty for all. </li></ul><ul><li>Social and economic inequalities are to be arranged so that they are both: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to the greatest benefit of the least advantaged, consistent with the just savings principle, and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>attached to offices and positions open to all under conditions of fair equality of opportunity. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>#1 must be satisfied prior to 2, and 2b prior to 2a </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Difference Principle <ul><li>If a system of strict equality maximizes the absolute position of the least advantaged in society, then the Difference Principle advocates strict equality. </li></ul><ul><li>If it is possible to raise the position of the least advantaged further by inequality of income and wealth, then the Difference Principle prescribes inequality up to that point where the absolute position of the least advantaged can no longer be raised. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Critics of the Difference Principle <ul><li>Strict egalitarians: don’t treat anyone differently </li></ul><ul><li>Utilitarians: doesn’t maximize utility </li></ul><ul><li>Libertarian: infringes on liberty through taxation, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Desert-based theorists argue to reward hard work even when it doesn’t help the disadvantaged </li></ul><ul><li>Does not provide sufficient rewards for ambition </li></ul>
  13. 13. Resource-Based Approaches: Ronald Dworkin <ul><li>People should be made to accept the consequences of their choices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>people who choose to work hard to earn more income should not be required to subsidize those choosing more leisure and hence less income </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People should not to suffer consequences of circumstances over which they have no control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>people born with handicaps, ill-health, or low levels of natural endowments have not brought these circumstances upon themselves </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Welfare-Based Approaches <ul><li>Seeks to maximize well-being of society as a whole </li></ul><ul><li>Utilitarian in inspiration: it seeks to maximize welfare for everyone. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Desert-Based Approaches <ul><li>People should be rewarded for their: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Actual contribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effort </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seeks to raise the overall standard of living by rewarding effort and achievement </li></ul><ul><li>May be applied only to working adults </li></ul>
  16. 16. Conclusion <ul><li>Distributive justice attempts to answer the question of how goods and opportunities in society can be distributed fairly. </li></ul>

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