How Aristotle 's Theory Of Who Deserves What? Essay

1184 Words Nov 10th, 2016 5 Pages
In the 1995 movie Seven, which portrays a serial killer John Doe, who is killing people in relationship to the seven deadly sins of the bible. John Doe is leading police detectives Mills, and Somerset around in a cat and mouse chase. While young and relentless Det. Mills, is partnered up with soon to retire Det. Somerset, who is fed up with the world and just wants to move to farm and retire. The movie takes many turns and in the end which will seem to be a surprise to an all too well-planned out finish by John Doe and Det. Mills. In Michael J. Sanders book Justice: What’s the right thing to do? One could see how both Det. Mill’s and John Doe’s actions are in question to by using Aristotle’s theory of “Who deserves what?” I plan to show how Aristotle’s theory of Who Deserves What is used in the movie by how he uses the purposes of Telos, Honorific and Deserves, bring together the book and movie in one overall understanding, who deserves to die.
Under Aristotle’s Who deserves what theory, Sandel’s book explains what is meant by Aristotle, “Justice is teleological, which defines rights requiring us to figure out the Telos (the purpose, end, or essential nature) of social practice in question” (Sandel, 2009). An example of Justice is Telos, would be to who deserves what? If there was an Olympic-sized pool that was being used by children on a hot day and an Olympic swimmer who may need to practice. Who would be more worthy to use the pool? By Aristotle’s theory of Telos, it…

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