Justice is sought after everywhere in our world.
Constantly, day after day, people
are badgering others so they are not shorted, slighted, or crossed in any way.
want satisfaction and fairness, and frighteningly enough, will stop at no limit to ensure
their own personal “piece of the pie,” if for one second they think they have been
“wronged” by another.
But is justice really measured in lawsuits, court fees, or the size of an offshore
Is this type of justice truly, well,
Most likely not.
justice finds itself not in material items, but in the motives behind actions, and is what
makes a morally good man
, he discusses two types of true justice: justice
as lawfulness and justice as fairness.
Lawfulness and fairness are clearly intertwined, but
it is important to point out their differences.
They are sometimes very difficult to
Aristotle makes it clear from the beginning of his chapter on justice that
“everything unfair is unlawful, but not everything unlawful is unfair.”
Aristotle first talks about justice as lawfulness or complete justice.
“lawful” as what the art of legislation has proclaimed, and therefore we call each specific
The purpose of these legislations is to achieve what is good for all
Sometimes, we call things “just” that promote contentment within the social or
Laws command certain things and forbid others.
Laws that are correctly drawn
up will command and forbid the correct things.
Laws that are drawn up in haste will not.
Also, correctly drawn laws help men fulfill their functions in society as brave men – not
, trans. Martin Ostwald. (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall), 1130a35, 116.
, 1130b12, 116.
, 1129b20, 112.