The Relationship Between Justice and the Good

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The relationship between justice and the good is and has been debated for thousands of years between many intelligent philosophers. Many theorists have attempted to to explain the exact characteristics and outline a moral distribution of possessions. From just after the First World War to present day, liberal perspectives emerged and flourished across a variety of ideological theories and continue to influence political thinking in regards to rights, equality and freedom. With this emergence came two very influential theorists in libertarian political philosophy, Robert Nozick and John Rawls, who take very different approaches to how justice relates to the good. Both Nozick and Rawls argue for liberty above equality, and that there is some…show more content…
He also mentions that anarchism is not the result. Nozick does not focus on how to redistribute wealth and resources within a society like Rawls, but rather on how people acquire property. His main ideas are shaped around a minimal state and suggest that it should exist only to enforce justice and natural rights through the means of courts and police authorities. It is his belief that it is these functions that which will determine state power, and all else shall exceed such power. In addition to this, he asserted that with rights to life in liberty. Nozick provides an alternative to this, which he calls entitlement. It is this that Nozick bases his argument for property rights, and how he believes a person obtains holdings that determine if they are entitled to them (Nozick, 213). In present day, it is common for to practice policies promoting justice through the distribution of property from its citizens. When compromising this to a minimal state, these policies would be unable to be implemented and therefore Nozick is faced with the possibility of creating a minimal state that ignores or accepts the distributive justice and not the notion that minimal states are accountable (Nozick, 216). Thus, Nozick provides a third alternative to which justice can be given under minimal state involvement. This is known as the “Entitlement
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