Justice, Human Nature, and Political Obligation

Justice, Human Nature, and Political Obligation

Justice, Human Nature, and Political Obligation

Justice, Human Nature, and Political Obligation

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Justice, Human Nature, and Political Obligation is one of two closely interrelated books, the other of which is Alienation and Identification. Although each elucidates the other, each is designed to be read independently.

My objective in this book is to examine the character of the good and the just. I shall attempt to show that these concepts are not merely arbitrarily personal or idiosyncratically cultural. I believe that they are related to human nature as it manifests itself in different conditions. However, human nature is not something that can be defined in the abstract, regardless of the social and political setting within which it flourishes. If it were, the human variability we find in different societies could not be explained. Human nature is dispositional. It responds differently in different settings.

On the other hand, if the differences between societies or between men were determined merely by historical experience or by upbringing, the historicist argument, which I reject, would hold. Each society or each man would be sui generis.

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