Law and Philosophy

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 171–201 | Cite as

Justice in Private: Beyond the Rawlsian Framework

  • Hanoch Dagan
  • Avihay DorfmanEmail author


This article argues that contemporary accounts of justice miss a relational dimension of justice, which focuses on the terms private individuals’ interactions must meet for them to constitute relationships among equal, self-determining persons. The article develops the argument that the justice requirement to respect others as substantively free and equal individuals can sometimes be adequately discharged only if the relevant private persons are held responsible for its realization. It further elaborates the normative framework of relational justice to explain the generic structure, content, and scope of such a requirement.


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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tel-Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of LawTel AvivIsrael

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