Aristotelian Distributive Justice: Holism or Egalitarianism

Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology(Social Science Edition), 31 (6):60-64 (2017)
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Different understanding on Aristotelian distributive justice results in two main factions: holism and egalitarianism. Dennis McKerlie, one of the representatives of holism, criticized Martha Nussbaum's interpretation as an egalitarian. McKerlie argued that Nussbaum did not attach enough importance to the Proportional equality and Aristotelian Common good, as well as a deviation in the understanding of the concept of distribution. The defense of egalitarianism is that Aristotle's emphasis on the rational equality of citizens and the ontological presupposition of primal equality show Aristotelian egalitarian tendencies.

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Di Wu
Zhongnan University of Economics and Law


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