Focusing on the Eyeball Test: A Problematic Testing Device in Philip Pettit’s Theory of Justice

  • Frieder Bögner
  • Jörn Elgert
  • Carolyn Iselt
Part of the Münster Lectures in Philosophy book series (MUELP, volume 1)


In this paper, we question the applicability of eyeball test, a device for measuring social justice, which Philip Pettit introduces in On the People’s Terms. We claim that the result of the test is what it requires. Furthermore, we doubt that the test can indicate the relevant means to establish social justice. Finally, we assert incompatibilities (i.) of two assumptions Pettit postulates when ascribing to the test the capacity to compare different societies with regards to their social justice and (ii.) between his concept of social justice and his presupposed idea of freedom.


Freedom Republicanism Social justice 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophisches SeminarWestfälische Wilhelms-UniversitätMünsterGermany

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