Aristotle’s Distributive and corrective justice.

Aristotle’s Distributive and corrective justice.

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Aristotle’s Distributive and corrective justice.

Aristotle’s version of corrective justice describes the method of private law explains more about what justice permits or requires when someone has been denied a good that they deserve. For fairness to be attained in corrective justice, proportional reciprocity has to be embraced Consequently, Aristotle describes distributive justice as the one that focuses on a fair distribution of burdens and benefits of social cooperation in a group of people with competing needs and claims are relatively this case, since the persons are equals, their shares should be equal. Generally, all forms of justice lead to fairness (Rawls, J. 2020). A person can have a share that is fair and unfair in comparison with another person’s share since a fair share does not always mean an equal share.

Our criminal justice system has embraced Aristotle’s version of corrective and distributive justice in its rulings. When a dispute arises or when one feels that they have been denied what they lawfully deserve or what they have acquired through their hard work, a judge is involved. The main purpose of the judge is always to restore equilibrium between the parties. The party with the unfair gain is deprived of what is not theirs and it is given to the other party (Morrison, A. 2019). This has led to equality and fairness. Also, when giving punishments to criminals, those with similar crimes often are given similar punishments and hence the idea of fairness in judgments. the punishments are also given following the type of crime and the times the crime has been repeated.


Morrison, A. (2019). Contributive justice: Social class and graduate employment in the UK. Journal of education and work, 32(4), 335-346. Retrieved from, J. (2020). A theory of justice. Harvard university press.