just - #273 Justice and Administration in the Workplace...

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#273 05-04-06 Justice and Administration in the Workplace Justice is a word heard quite often in this day and age, yet what does it really mean? Three definitions of justice are as followed: justice as fairness, justice as morality, and justice as reasoning/wisdom. Justice as fairness refers to the ability to treat all persons and all positions alike, "without reference to one's own feelings or interests" (Webster's Dictionary, 2004). Persons who are just in this sense must remain impartial, unbiased, and tolerate to those who are different or express different views. The act of justice as fairness implies granting everyone the same liberties or rights and equal treatment for all. Justice as morality or righteousness pertains to the act of being virtuous or behaving ethically. Specifically it is doing what is right and exercising these ethical principles on a routine basis. Yet, how do we know what is right? This may be guided by religious beliefs; good judgment; or learned beliefs in the home, workplace, or school. Justice as wisdom or reasoning signifies the ability to think logically and wisely through "conclusions from inferences" or "abstract though processes" (Webster's Dictionary, 1190; & Souryal, 2003, 2). Plato argued that justice is "one's capacity to think rationally and to be able to follow proper reasoning based on superior knowledge" (Souryal, 2003, 138). These definitions of justice are not exclusively separate from one another. In other words, they are interrelated concepts that are integral in shaping the notion of justice. For example, without wisdom, one cannot behave or act morally or fairly toward others and in situations. Furthermore, justice, as a largely abstract concept, is not limited to these definitions; other various ways of viewing justice is justice as truth and justice as beauty. Justice as truth simply denotes being honest and straightforward; keeping secrets or lying in the end is hurtful and is damaging to the individual and collective psyche. Telling one 1
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#273 05-04-06 lie indicates that you are capable of telling another lie and once trust has been lost, it is difficult to regain that trust back. Justice as beauty can encompass various ideas.
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