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July 24, 2018

New Book on Justice

We are pleased to announce the upcoming publication of a new book on justice, edited by Dr. Mark LeBar (University of Florida). The book is the first in a 15 volume series on virtues or clusters of virtues from Oxford University Press, edited by Institute Director and Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Nancy Snow.

The expected publication dates are August 1 for the hardcover version and September 4 for the paperback. The book is available for pre-order now on

Publisher's Description
A blindfolded woman holding a balance and a sword personifies one of our most significant virtues. We find Lady Justice in statues and paintings that adorn courts and other institutions of law, symbolizing strength and impartiality. Yet why do we valorize this virtue primarily as a quality of societies, and secondly as one of individual character? We can trace the virtue of justice to ancient Greece, where virtue ethics began its long evolution. There justice was seen as one of the most prominent virtues - and arguably the most important of the social virtues. With time, political philosophy diverted focus to understanding justice as a property of societies, and discussion of justice as a virtue of individuals diminished.

But justice as a virtue of individual character has, along with the other virtues, reasserted itself not only in philosophy but in social psychology and other empirical fields of study. This volume aims to demonstrate the breadth of that thinking and research. It comprises new essays solicited from philosophers and political theorists, psychologists, economists, biologists, and legal scholars. Each contribution focuses on some aspect of what makes people just, either by examining the science that explains the development of justice as a virtue, by highlighting virtue cultivation within distinctive traditions of empirical or philosophical thought, or by adopting a distinctive perspective on justice as an individual trait. As the volume shows, justice begins with the individual, and flows outward to make just laws and just societies.


  • Introduction, Mark LeBar
  • Growing toward Justice Paul Woodruff
  • Adam Smith, Rousseau, and Kant on Becoming Just Ryan P. Hanley
  • Becoming Just by Eliminating Injustice: The Emergence of Property in Virtual Economies Bart J. Wilson
  • Learning How to Share Thomas Widlok
  • Thought, Emotions, and Sentiments in the Development of Justice Elliot Turiel, Audun Dahl, and Zinaida Besirevic
  • The Evolution of Justice Sarah Brosnan
  • The Dialectical Activity of Becoming Just Jon Garthoff
  • Should Epistemic Injustices be Redressed by the 'Corrective Virtues?' Alan Thomas
  • Confucian Values and Resources for Justice May Sim
  • Legislating the Personal Virtue of Justice Matthew A. Edwards

View the book on: the publisher's website or Amazon