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Aristotle on Distributive Justice - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 313
Distributive Justice/Aristotle/Keyt/Miller: [Aristotle’s] theory of distributive justice consists in the combination of his justice-of-nature principle with the Platonic principle of proportional equality. By this theory a just constitution is one under which political power is distributed in proportion to worth, where worth is assessed according to the standard of nature - the standard of a polis with a completely natural social and political structure. Aristotle describes such a polis in Politics VII-VIII, and virtue, rather than wealth or freedom, turns out to be nature's standard (for details see Keyt, 1991a(1)). >Justice/Aristotle, >Nature/Aristotle, >Stasis/Aristotle, >Nomos/Aristotle.


1. Keyt, David (1991a) 'Aristotle's theory of distributive justice'. In David Keyt and Fred D. Miller, eds, A Companion to Aristotle's Politics. Oxford: Blackwell.

Keyt, David and Miller, Fred D. jr. 2004. „Ancient Greek Political Thought“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications


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Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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