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Immanuel Kant A Definition of Justice from “ The Metaphysical Elements of Justice.”
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The Definition of Justice Justice cannot be defined empirically - by experience- by the conditions in which an action takes place From a Legal perspective a jurist can tell us what the law of the land is: To follow the law is to be just.(Legal Perspective) But the law(jurisprudence) is not universal. For Kant laws must be metaphysical, derived from reason and they must be universal. To follow the law of the land is to be conditioned to the circumstances in which the laws apply: Certain time, historically. Certain place, cultural.
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The Concept of Justice The concept of Justice must spring out of necessity- by reason. The will is regarded as free. As a universal law. As a Categorical Imperative. From duty. We can only expressed the conditions in which justice is applied.
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Justice as an Obligation
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Unformatted text preview: It applies only externally- to the practical relationship of one person to another. Actions that exert an influence on each other. It applies only to the will of the individual, not it wishes or desires. It does not take into consideration the content of the will, the end that it is intended to be accomplished. It is applied in accordance to a universal law of freedom. Universal Principle of Justice An action to be just must coexist with the freedom of everyone in accordance to a universal law. INJUSTICE any maxim that hinders or influenced the performance of an action. Freedom then,is a requirement that Ethics imposes in the individual. Universal Law of Justice Act externally (in relation to others) in such a way that the free use of your will is compatible with the freedom of everyone according to a universal law....
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2009 for the course HUM 282927 taught by Professor Edwards during the Fall '08 term at Florida State College.

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