• Otfried Höffe’s Theory of Social Justice

    Author: Liudmyla Sytnichenko
    Institution: National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Ukraine)
    Year of publication: 2015
    Source: Show
    Pages: 23-31
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    PDF: ppsy/44/ppsy2015003.pdf

    The problem of justice, one of the key problems of contemporary political philosophy, is reconsidered in the light of a new paradigm: Otfried Höffe’s theory of transcendental exchange. The main research question is how this theory influences our understanding of the ways of formation of just moral and legal grounds in contemporary society. In order to understand justice adequately, it is important to regard it as personal responsibility, deeply related to attitudes of solidarity and recognition. There is an attempt to fuse moral and material grounds of social existence in order to overcome social injustice. Freedom and justice are rooted in the living world and are based on formal norms and procedures of morality and law. This gives us methodological grounds for understanding Höffe’s philosophy of political justice, which regards freedom and justice as the main conditions of human existence.

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