Philosophy and Rhetoric 49 (3):323 (2016)

David Rondel
University of Nevada, Reno
Nothing in mortal life is worthy of great concernThe word “justice” is habitually used in at least two different ways. Sometimes it stands for a Grenzbegriff, an Idea of Pure Reason, a focus imaginarius. Justice in this uniquely philosophical sense refers to a moral horizon against which we evaluate institutions, laws, policies, and practices. Like Plato’s Forms, however, the pure concept of justice—the fundamental and essential nature of “the just”—is notoriously elusive. Justice in this sense is a deeply contested concept. It is the sort of thing we can never be absolutely certain we have understood correctly or completely.1 What would it even be like to discover that the...
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