But what is fairness? Fairness about what - size of piece of cake, love, financial benefits, privileges, and so on. Fairness has something to do with justice, reward and punishment, so contributions entitle us to benefits - fairness is to do with entitlement. But what about someone who is unable to contribute? It would be harsh and unethical to debar those from benefits. There seems to be a difference between entitlement and generosity.
Dooyeweerd's aspects can help us separate out issues, in two ways:
Anticipating Use |
Creating the IS |
Knowledge Elicitation |
Quantitative aspect |
Spatial aspect ||-|
Kinematic aspect |
Physical aspect |
(Forces, energy, mass)
|Biotic/organic aspect||Food, sustenance|
|Sensitive/psychic aspect||Sight, hearing, motor movement (disabilities)|
|Formative aspect||Ability to achieve|
|Lingual aspect||(Access to) media, knowledge, education|
|Social aspect||Friendships. Status. Roles.|
|Economic aspect||Resources, money, time|
|Aesthetic aspect||Fun, leisure, a pleasant environment|
|Juridical aspect||(Access to) justice, redress|
|Ethical aspect||Love, care||But can such things ever be subject to juridical norms?|
|Pistic/Faith aspect||Belief.||But is it meaningful to talk about fairness here?|
This page is part of a collection that discusses application of Herman Dooyeweerd's ideas, within The Dooyeweerd Pages, which explain, explore and discuss Dooyeweerd's interesting philosophy. Email questions or comments would be welcome.
Written on the Amiga and Protext.
Compiled by (c) 2011 Andrew Basden. You may use this material subject to conditions.
Created: 29 May 2012 Last updated: