- The Oxford Handbook of Distributive Justice
- Introduction: The Idea of Distributive Justice
- Rawls on Distributive Justice and the Difference Principle
- Dworkin and Luck Egalitarianism: A Comparison
- Equality Versus Priority
- Sufficiency and Needs-Based Approaches
- The Capability Approach
- Libertarianism, Left and Right
- Desert-Based Justice
- Retributive Justice
- The Good Society
- The Ethics of Care
- The Theory and Politics of Recognition
- Distributive Justice and Human Nature
- Political and Distributive Justice
- Consequentialism, Deontology, Contractualism, and Equality
- Ideal Theory
- Constructivism, Intuitionism, and Ecumenism
- Conceptual Analysis and Distributive Justice
- The Family
- Public Goods
- Cultural and Religious Minorities
- Justice Across Borders
- Climate Change
- Future Generations
Abstract and Keywords
The topic of this chapter is the relationship between retributive justice and distributive justice. The author expounds his view that retributive justice should be noncomparative, and that the currency of retributive desert should be suffering. Some theories of distributive justice employ desert as a basis for distribution, whereas other theories of distributive justice do not. The author explains his belief that retributive justice relies on the notion of negative desert, but acknowledges that there are problems if not only negative desert is to be punished but positive desert is to be rewarded. The challenge is how to integrate retributive justice into the different theories of distributive justice.
Larry Alexander is the Warren Distinguished Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. He is the author or editor of ten books and 235 published articles, primarily dealing with legal and moral theory. He is a co-editor of the journal Legal Theory and is on the editorial boards of Ethics, Law & Philosophy, and Criminal Law & Philosophy. He is also an Executive Director of the Institute for Law & Philosophy at his university.
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