KelsenandJustice - Hans Kelsen OVERVIEW There is no...

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Hans Kelsen
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OVERVIEW There is no ordering principle, neither social or rational, for any ethical values, not even political ones. Value is a social phenomena. “Absolute justice is an irrational ideal, an illusion – one of the eternal illusions of mankind”
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What is Justice? Justice is primarily a possible quality of social order regulating mutual relations of men. Justice is a virtue, (virtue is a norm of society), if behavior conforms to a social order that supposed to be just. A social order is just if it is satisfactory to all men. Satisfactory men can find their happiness. Longing for justice is longing for happiness. Happiness is sought in society. Justice is social happiness- It is happiness guaranteed by a social order.
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What is happiness? Happiness cannot be defined in an individual sense. Since our happiness often depend on the satisfaction of needs which no social order can satisfy. No social order can compensate completely for the injustice of nature.
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Kelsen and Bentham Utilitarianism Bentham= happiness of the greatest
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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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