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Rectificatory Justice

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Injustice occurs when there is a breakdown in a prescribed system of distributive justice. Rectificatory justice is the species of justice concerned with righting injustice. The aim of rectificatory justice is to set unjust situations right. In Western philosophy, Aristotle’s account is generally taken to be the classic statement on this kind of justice. Aristotle’s ethics is grounded in virtue. On his approach, justice is complete virtue to the highest degree and injustice is the whole of vice. So rectificatory justice is not the whole of justice, rather, it is a part of special justice along with justice in distribution. Distributive justice is concerned with the distribution of those things that can be divided among members of society in equal or unequal shares. Rectificatory justice is concerned with rectifying transactions where someone had been treated unfairly, and so unjustly, by another. When one has inflicted harm on another and has thereby profited, it is the aim of...

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Roberts, R.C. (2011). Rectificatory Justice. In: Chatterjee, D.K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_375

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