The Concept of Justice and its Role in Aristotelian Ethics

European Origins

What is justice Societies have dealt with this question for millennia. It is therefore not surprising that Aristotle also thought about this and tried in several of his works to define justice, or rather, the different types of justice, and to find a way how societies as a whole and individuals individually in specific situations should deal with these different types of justice. Aristotle’s works, and among them his theories on justice, were again controversially discussed over the millennia and are still a very topical topic in philosophy today, especially on the basis of the ongoing discussion about John Rawls “A Theory of Justice” (1971), which refers, among other things, to elements of the representation of justice from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (Hughes 20132, S. 105 f.).

This work should also deal with the investigation of justice within the Nicomachean Ethics. First of all, what Aristotle understands by justice…

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