A Conceptual Structure of Justice: Providing a Tool to Analyse Conceptions of Justice

Forthcoming in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

22 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2015 Last revised: 23 Apr 2016

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Klara Helene Stumpf

Europa University Flensburg - Norbert Elias Center for Transformation Design and Research; Leuphana University of Lueneburg - Dept. of Sustainability Sciences

Christian U Becker

Colorado State University

Stefan Baumgärtner

University of Freiburg - Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Date Written: April 16, 2015

Abstract

Justice is a contested concept. There are many different and competing conceptions, i.e. interpretations of the concept. Different domains of justice deal with different fields of application of justice claims, such as structural justice, distributive justice, participatory justice or recognition. We present a formal conceptual structure of justice applicable to all these domains. We show that conceptions of justice can be described by specifying the following conceptual elements: the judicandum (that which is to be judged as just or unjust), the community of justice including claim holders and claim addressees, their claims (and obligations), the informational base for the assessment, the principles of justice, and on a more practical level, the instruments of justice. By specifying these conceptual elements of justice, it is possible to analyse and compare different conceptions of justice, to assess their internal consistency, to explore new definitions of justice in an analytical way, and to explicate an idea of justice in a manner that provides concrete links to the relevant context.

Keywords: Conceptual structure of justice, meta-ethics, institutional implementation, ideal and non-ideal theory, empirical justice research, concept and conception

Suggested Citation

Stumpf, Klara Helene and Becker, Christian U. and Baumgärtner, Stefan, A Conceptual Structure of Justice: Providing a Tool to Analyse Conceptions of Justice (April 16, 2015). Forthcoming in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2572999 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2572999

Klara Helene Stumpf (Contact Author)

Europa University Flensburg - Norbert Elias Center for Transformation Design and Research ( email )

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Flensburg, 24943
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.norberteliascenter.de

Leuphana University of Lueneburg - Dept. of Sustainability Sciences ( email )

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Lüneburg, 21335
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.leuphana.de/klara-stumpf

Christian U. Becker

Colorado State University ( email )

College of Business
Fort Collins, CO 80526
United States

Stefan Baumgärtner

University of Freiburg - Department of Environment and Natural Resources ( email )

Tennebacher Str. 4
Freiburg, 79106
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.ere.uni-freiburg.de

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