Justice for All – Making a Better World

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– Professor, Business, University of Illinois Springfield, Illinois, USA
– Professor, Business, Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, USA

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

BISAC: SOC026000

The notion of “justice for all” has been a noble ideal and a foundation of human relationships in enlightened society for millennia. The Greeks and Romans viewed justice as the basis for the rule of law that governed interactions and that served as the standard for determining rights and responsibilities. Today the notion of social justice permeates political dialogue and has become the justification for social unrest and discord.

The focus of this book by Cam Caldwell and Verl Anderson is on the personal side of justice and its importance in individual lives. Although justice is a lofty concept and is often spoken of as if its meaning is clear to all, it is nonetheless a complex and often subjective standard with conflicting meanings. Though these meanings may not be universally clear, understood, or agreed upon, as a standard of human relations justice is nonetheless deeply important and profoundly personal in its impacts.

Like any metric, justice may be misused and manipulated by the self-justifying and the dishonest. However, properly understood, justice remains a noble ideal despite its complexity. Writing about justice has given us the opportunity to appreciate its significance and the nuances of its meanings. At its noblest, justice must ultimately be equated with wisdom, integrity, and love.

Improperly understood, justice can impede wisdom and purpose and become an excuse for self-serving behavior that is later regretted. Although justice is often accompanied by a set of defining rules, it is also intended to be both compassionate and fair – caring for those whose rights need to be protected, as well as those best served by forgiveness and help rather than punishment. Perhaps justice is at its pinnacle when it is accompanied by mercy.

Justice is far more than a mere set of rules, laws, or policies when it serves the purposes of enriching lives and benefiting those who need care and guidance. The study of justice affirms that its greatest value is in providing much more than order and consistency. We suggest that without forgiveness, mercy, and caring justice is simply insufficient. Perhaps, justice, when it enables individuals to learn from their mistakes and change their lives, actually fulfills its highest potential.

We invite readers to read and reflect on the importance of justice and its importance in their own lives. In this volume we provide guidelines, insights, and recommendations to assist others to more fully incorporate those principles and ideals of justice as they seek to become the best version of themselves.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Justice for All – Introduction and Overview

Chapter 2. Justice and Its Limits – A Principle-Based Perspective

Chapter 3. “It’s Not Fair!” – Justice, Fairness, and the Mediating Lens

Chapter 4. Justice, Predictability, and Trust

Chapter 5. Responding to Perceived Injustice – Guidelines for Maintaining Effective Relationships

Chapter 6. Justice, Identity, and Self-Deception

Chapter 7. “Justice Issues” and Emotional Intelligence

Chapter 8. Justice Issues in Human Resource Management

Chapter 9. The Virtuous Continuum and Justice: Moral Decision-Making from a Virtuous Perspective

Chapter 10. Justice, Compassion, and Ethical Stewardship – Practical Insights for Tomorrow’s Leaders

Chapter 11. Transformative Ethics and Justice – Understanding Subjective Perceptions

Chapter 12. Reestablishing Commitment – The Roles of Justice, Humility, and Respect


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