How was distributive or commutative justice applied in this situation?

Published by Jeannie R. Ferrell

Nov 18, 2022


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Directions: Compose a paper on the prompt below. The paper should be no shorter and no longer than 6 complete pages in the proper format, not including any cover or references pages. Adhere to either MLA, APA, or Chicago guidelines. In addition to the 6 pages, include a Works Cited/References section.
Times New Roman, size 12 point font
1 inch margins
MLA, APA, or Chicago format
Primary source: Include only the 1 primary source reading from the semester discussed in the prompt (Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics). You may only reference the portions read together for this class.
Scholarly Secondary Sources: Include no fewer than and no more than 2 scholarly secondary sources that discuss Aristotle’s ideas about justice. You may use any scholarly secondary sources I have provided on Canvas to count toward this requirement.
Popular sources: You will need to find a recent event discussed in the news, an event that involves questions of justice. Include no more than 3 news sources covering the event.
Prompt: According to book 5 of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, what is the difference between distributive and commutative (also referred to as “corrective”) justice, and when should each be applied? Find a recent event discussed in the news, an event that involves questions of justice. How was distributive or commutative justice applied in this situation? Was it applied correctly or incorrectly? What were the just or unjust outcomes of the case?
Paper Outline:
Describe what happens when people confuse distributive and commutative justice.
Thesis statement template: Because Aristotle claims that distributive justice X, while commutative justice Y, people should be careful to Z.
Body Section 1:
How do distributive and commutative justice relate to general justice and particular justice (also called “partial” justice) and to moral virtue?
Body Section 2:
What is distributive justice and what does it take into account?
Body Section 3:
What is commutative justice and what does it take into account?
Body Section 4:
Find a real-world example from the news where someone (a judge, a politician, a corporate manager, a group of people, etc.) confused distributive and commutative justice. How did they misapply distributive or commutative justice, and what was the result?
Body Section 5:
How should distributive or commutative justice be correctly applied to resolve this real-world situation?
Briefly discuss the importance of moral virtue (from book 2 of the Nicomachean Ethics) in correctly applying distributive and commutative justice.


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