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Justice, Ethics and Economics
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology. Etik.
2004 (English)In: The Future of Christian Social Ethics: Essays on the Work of Ronald H Preston, Continuum, New York, London , 2004, s 47-61 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Within Christian social ethics different conceptions of market economy are related to different theories of justice. In this article the understanding of justice in the economic ethics of Ronald Preston is analysed. According to him, justice is a basic normative criterion in economic ethics.

Here is also discussed some conceptions of justice which are developed within a Swedish research project on ethics and economics. Justice is often treated in terms of equal distribution, but there are different ideas about what objects should be distributed equally.

One interesting theory is that justice is an equal distribution of some capabilities for truly human functiuoning. However, justice refers not only to a distribution of social goods, but also to the institutional conditions necessary for the development of individual capabilities and collective cooperation.

This is an understanding of justice which can be taken as a theoretical strting point for a critical evaluation of ethical assumptions in mainstream economic theory.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Continuum, New York, London , 2004. s 47-61 p.
Keyword [en]
Economic ethics, Theories of justice, economic theory, equal distribution, social ethics
National Category
Economics and Business Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-78270ISBN: 0 5670 8247 4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-78270DiVA: diva2:106183
Available from: 2007-02-13 Created: 2007-02-13

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