Social Justice: Aristotle versus Pythagoreans – and Implications for Modern Debates

41 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2013

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Gerhard Michael Ambrosi

Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, University of Trier

Date Written: January 17, 2013

Abstract

In his Nicomachean Ethics (Book V, ch.5) Aristotle criticized the Pythagorean conception of justice as being too schematic. The paper gives a geometrical interpretation of what Pythagorean justice might have been in the eyes of Aristotle. On this basis Aristotle’s alternative model of exchange is presented in a related, but different geometrical version. The two models are compared, especially under the perspective of the implicit theories about a just satisfaction of need in a society based on exchange and production. The relevance of these models for present-day economic and social conceptions is briefly discussed.

Keywords: Aristotle, exchange, social justice

JEL Classification: A13, B11, D71, M14

Suggested Citation

Ambrosi, Michael, Social Justice: Aristotle versus Pythagoreans – and Implications for Modern Debates (January 17, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2202273 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2202273

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