By Betty Yung
This ebook examines housing coverage in Hong Kong utilizing a brand new and exact interdisciplinary method - combining the philosophical dialogue on social justice with coverage and housing stories. It considers either Western and chinese language ideas of social justice,a [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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If justice involves equal opportunities to all , what must be equal for opportunities to be equal? All people are equal as an individual is the basis of equal opportunity for all. “ All people should be given equal opportunities" is another substantive principle underlying the formal principle of justice “ to treat equals equally". Nature of Justice So far , we have argued that the four-principle 4 concept of justice is universal in nature , in the sense that it applies to all distribution over time and space.
If those who own land within each jing [or village] befriend one another both at home and abroad , help each other to keep watch , and succor each other in illness , they willlive with love and harmony" (Chan 2003 , p. 239). It is only after the first two tiers of help fail , that assistance from the government is sought - and then only as a last resort. Thus , in a Confucian society ,“ to each according to his/her needs" is the responsibility of the family , then the village and only lastly the government , whereas in the Western world , this is mainly catered for by the government.
Furthermore, why do principles agreed upon in such hypothetical situation necessarily confirm rules of justice in reality? Wh y are principles agreed upon in a hypothetical situation binding upon people in reality in which circumstances differ tremendously? Rawls does not provide an answer to these questions , but merely asserts his argument is so without supporting it. Rawls has special regard for the least advantaged , saying that social and economic inequalities are to be arranged so as to bring the greatest benefit to that group (Rawls 1999 , p.