Sunday, June 16, 2013
Justice - Stoic Terminology
In translating Marcus Aurelius, Needleman and Piazza use the term "Justice" to translate the Greek words dikē or dikaiosynē, noting that while others have translated such terms as "morality," that gives an incomplete picture of the meaning of the term. They note: "'Justice' remains the best English word, for it is a concept which has its roots in legal terminology but applies to every aspect of our behavior toward others and ourselves. Plato, in The Republic, defines justice internally as a right ordering of the parts of the SOUL [q.v.] and externally as the right ordering of the parts of a society."