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How, for example, can one say that a criminal is treated justly when he has been deprived of his  property, his liberty, and perhaps even his life? Can we say that his needs have been met by this  type of treatment? What about the situation that arises in connection with international warfare when  innocent people are killed and their property destroyed in order to defeat the enemy? Is it just and  right for society to provide for all the needs of people who refuse to put forth any efforts to take care  of themselves? Hume's answer to these questions is that justice is designed to meet not merely the present  particular needs of any individual but has to do with the future even more than the present and with  society as a whole rather than certain particular units which may be included in it. This means that at 
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