posted on Oct, 12 2011 @ 07:14 PM
Originally posted by FSBlueApocalypse
Economic and social justice? What exactly is that? No one ever seems to answer beyond some kind of general phrases that make no sense under scrutiny.
One definition of justice is "giving to each what he or she is due." The problem is knowing what is "due".
Functionally, "justice" is a set of universal principles which guide people in judging what is right and what is wrong, no matter what culture and
society they live in. Justice is one of the four "cardinal virtues" of classical moral philosophy, along with courage, temperance (self-control) and
prudence (efficiency). (Faith, hope and charity are considered to be the three "religious" virtues.) Virtues or "good habits" help individuals to
develop fully their human potentials, thus enabling them to serve their own self-interests as well as work in harmony with others for their common
The ultimate purpose of all the virtues is to elevate the dignity and sovereignty of the human person.
Defining Social Justice:
Social justice encompasses economic justice. Social justice is the virtue which guides us in creating those organized human interactions we call
institutions. In turn, social institutions, when justly organized, provide us with access to what is good for the person, both individually and in our
associations with others. Social justice also imposes on each of us a personal responsibility to work with others to design and continually perfect
our institutions as tools for personal and social development.
Defining Economic Justice
Economic justice, which touches the individual person as well as the social order, encompasses the moral principles which guide us in designing our
economic institutions. These institutions determine how each person earns a living, enters into contracts, exchanges goods and services with others
and otherwise produces an independent material foundation for his or her economic sustenance. The ultimate purpose of economic justice is to free each
person to engage creatively in the unlimited work beyond economics, that of the mind and the spirit.
edit on 12-10-2011 by Propulsion because: (no reason given)