Essay on Aristotle 's Views On Justice

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Aristotle’s claim is that friends have no need for justice; this passage will spell out this claim, provide the necessary information as to why Aristotle can claim this, and discuss what this implies. His explanation of justice is much different from that of Plato and Socrates, Aristotle’s predecessors. According to Aristotle, justice is not included in the list of virtues, yet, on the other hand, friendship is, and the logic behind this helps to further the idea that Aristotle wishes to convey. Justice, as viewed by Aristotle, is the whole or completeness of all eleven virtues. Friendship is not dependent on justice, yet is a necessary commodity when it comes to appearing as a just person. Aristotle has his own idea of justice and describes this ideal throughout Nicomachean Ethics. Though many people view justice as one of Aristotle’s virtues in one context, and rightfully so, the view implied in this passage comes from the opposite view of justice, being the whole of all of Aristotle’s virtues. According to Aristotle, justice is complete virtue, and for this reason, justice is the whole of all eleven virtues. The difference between this kind of justice and the “justice” considered as one of the eleven virtues is that the latter is a relative position, whereas justice as a virtue in and of itself is a mean between an excess and deficiency. The distinction as to why justice is not a necessity of friendship comes from Aristotle’s description of justice. Friendship is one of…

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