Justice balances conflicting forces, distributing goods and meting penalties without favor or prejudice. A human construct, justice may be contrasted with nature and tyranny, both of which deploy pleasure and pain inequitably. Justice demands the dispassionate negotiation of rights and responsibilities, affirming yet also limiting the realm of the self.What's your definition of justice?
Monday, July 14, 2008
A few months ago, I was asked by Mansi Bhatia to define "justice" in 50 words for Washington Square Magazine (Spring, 2008). In the interests of justice, I kept my draft to 50 words exactly: