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NCJ Number: 118615 Find in a Library
Title: Justice of Liberty (From Reason and Justice, P 73-93, 1988, Richard Dien Winfield, -- See NCJ-118614)
Author(s): R D Winfield
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: California Correctional Peace Officers Assoc
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Sale Source: California Correctional Peace Officers Assoc
755 Riverpoint Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95605
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The problem of making freedom the principle of right has dominated the quest for justice ever since the legitimacy of prescribed forms of ethics and politics was called into question by the demand that individuals be beholden only to what issues from their own consent.
Abstract: From the very start of inquiry into right and wrong, justice has been understood to involve not what happens of necessity, independently of the wills of individuals, but only what lies within the power of voluntary action. The classic liberal theoreticians and their contemporary followers have treated freedom as a foundation of justice, as if freedom were a privileged principle from which the relations of justice should be derived. The quest for an ethics of freedom provides liberal theory with its starting point: the will conceived as a given agency, whose character stands defined prior to any actual volition, and whose right is to be realized as the first principle of justice.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Cognitive developmental theory; Professional conduct and ethics; Social control theory
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