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Neo-Aristotelian Social Justice: An Unanswered Question

Citation
Hope S (2013) Neo-Aristotelian Social Justice: An Unanswered Question. Res Publica, 19 (2), pp. 157-172. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11158-013-9213-y

Abstract
In this paper I assess the possibility of advancing a modern conception of social justice under neo-Aristotelian lights, focussing primarily on conceptions that assert a fundamental connection between social justice and eudaimonia. After some preliminary remarks on the extent to which a neo-Aristotelian account must stay close to Aristotle's own, I focus on Martha Nussbaum's sophisticated neo-Aristotelian approach, which I argue implausibly overworks the aspects of Aristotle's thought it appeals to. I then outline the shape of a deeper and more general, and as yet unanswered, problem facing neo-Aristotelian accounts: how to justify the claim that the point of a just society is to assist or enable its members to flourish.

Keywords
Aristotle; Social justice; Ethical naturalism; Nussbaum

Journal
Res Publica: Volume 19, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Author(s)Hope, Simon
Publication date01/05/2013
Date accepted by journal04/02/2013
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/19599
PublisherSpringer
ISSN1356-4765
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