Changing People’s Judgments of Justice

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Book Chapter

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This chapter examines the question of whether people's judgments of justice can be change. It begins by reviewing some recent reform campaigns that touch such matters of community judgments about wrongdoing. It then considers the difficulties with changing shared intuitions of justice, followed by an examination of what can and cannot be realistically changed. Drawing on this analysis, the chapter offers advice to social reformers about how best to accomplish their goals. Two potentially effective methods for changing judgments of justice are identified: public education campaigns to manipulate the strength of analogies to core wrongs and the internalization of group beliefs. The chapter also addresses criticisms against several points contained in the previous chapters.


judgments, justice, social reforms, wrongdoing, public education campaigns, group belief internalization

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Intuitions of Justice and the Utility of Desert