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Justice: Rights and Wrongs

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Wide-ranging and ambitious, "Justice" combines moral philosophy and Christian ethics to develop an important theory of rights and of justice as grounded in rights. Nicholas Wolterstorff discusses what it is to have a right, and he locates rights in the respect due the worth of the rights-holder. After contending that socially-conferred rights require the existence of natur
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 15th 2008 by Princeton University Press (first published December 26th 2007)
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Brian Collins
Wolterstoff's premise is that justice is a matter of rendering to people their rights. He defends this thesis against those who argue that the rights focus is the bad fruit of the Enlightenment. To the contrary, says Wolterstorff. In a fascinating historical survey he demonstrates that the theory of rights-grounded justice emerged in the medieval period. He continues to move backward through history to demonstrate that the Bible, though not developing a philosophic theory of justice, implies a r ...more
Kevin McClain
Wolterstorff contrasts the Eudaimonism of Greek philosophy to the concept of Shalom, or Flourishing, found in the Old and New Testament. He argues that Eudaimonism fails to provide a compassionate response to human suffering, rather, seeing suffering as "good" for a person in that it develops virtue. This yields Stoicism. The end result, however, is a view that humans lack inherent dignity. They have no right to complain, and instead, ultimately get what they deserve/merit from the universe. The ...more
Brittany Petruzzi
Nicholas Wolterstorff is one of the premier Christian thinkers of our time. If you really want to learn about justice, look here and not Keller's Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just. Here you will find the principles behind everything Keller says, only without the sketchiness of his Scriptural proofs or his sometime borderline heresy.

What you will find here is Wolterstorff's painstakingly researched and thought-through take on justice, with conclusions so clear, you'll wonder how you
If we all completely understood philosophical discussions without having to re-read sections in order to go "ah...I get it now" then this would have been a five-star book. Definitely not a book for everyone but the topic and its implications are definitely something everybody should learn and ponder. Could possibly (highly that is) turn out to be very prophetic.
A philosophical tour-de-force that considers argues for the conception of justice as grounded in inherent humant rights rather than in right order. Well written and well argued, though I will have to go back and review the argument, as it took many sittings to finish.
Jacob Stubbs
While consuming a bowl of "delicious yet delicately lemoney lemon grass soup," a new title for this book came to me: "Justice: Sometimes Right, Often Wrong."
Tim and Popie Stafford
As philosophy tends to be, tedious. But rewarding.
He makes the case that human rights are grounded in Judeo-Christian Scriptures, and nowhere else.
Pretty good, though rather long-winded. I thought his critiques of eudaimonism were off the mark.
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Nick is coming to Calvin on March 31st to introduce the book and its ideas... don't miss it.
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Wolterstorff is the Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, and Fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University. A prolific writer with wide-ranging philosophical and theological interests, he has written books on metaphysics, aesthetics, political philosophy, epistemology and theology and philosophy of religion.
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