The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 13, 2007

Philosophy Facing World Problems

Alan Gewirth
Pages 419-438

Justice: Its Conditions and Contents

There are many different ways of dealing with the conditions of justice. In this paper I raise some basic questions about the foundations of justice, including what are its central requirements and, especially, what it is about justice that underlies or explains its mandatoriness: why it is that justice is regarded as so morally necessary that any violation of it calls for the most severe condemnation and correction.