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November 06, 2008

Defining 'Justice' - A College Student's Perspective

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6 November 2008

ENG 121.16 Students,

Per the instructions you were given in today's class meeting . . .

. . . please write YOUR definition of "justice" in the comment box below. I am not interested in a dictionary definition, I am interested in how YOU define it. To help in your brainstorming process, start by trying to define what justice IS NOT. Then, maybe classify society into different types. Use all of the tools you have learned in this class to develop your thesis: brainstorming, outlining, narration, description, examples, explanation, and division.

*This will be regarded as one of the many quizzes we are scheduled to take for this course. You will be evaluated on your originality and how well you have followed the instructions. This is due on BOTH turnitin.com AND on the english-blog. Failure to post on both will constitute an incomplete assignment (zero points awarded).

I look forward to your responses. I'm looking for about a paragraph or more. Consider this practice for your upcoming essay which will be a much more developed response.

Dr. Hobbs.


*To read other essays/articles on this blog that deal with either the origins, meanings, or subtleties of words in the English language, please click HERE!

Posted by lhobbs at November 6, 2008 08:03 AM

Readers' Comments:

Justice in the world today is no longer fair and in fact "just". Justice has now become man's ability to judge his fellow being. Justice is a creation of morality. Governments, laws, and athority use their moral beliefs to produce "unjust" forms of justice. Nothing in this world can be justified, just judged.

Posted by: Nicholas Iafrate at November 6, 2008 01:03 PM

My opinion on justice is more when a criminal is served and punished for what he did as wrong. More like justice is served. Someone being punished for their wrong doing.

Posted by: Cyndell Selochan at November 7, 2008 11:57 AM

Folarinle Fasida
Professor Hobbs
Academic Writing 121: 16
Defining Justice
I would define justice as the equal distribution of punishment. Though justice is not always for the punished it normally relates to the punished in my opinion.

Posted by: Folarinle F. at November 12, 2008 09:16 PM

Justice is not letting someone get away with doing something bad. I guess it can be defined as paying for your mistakes. If a criminal hurts someone’s family, that family is going to want justice. In other words they want to see that criminal get into trouble with the law and pay the consequences. Justice is almost like revenge but for the right reason, keep in mind though that it isn’t always fair.

Amethyst Q
Dr. Hobbs

Posted by: Amethyst Q at November 12, 2008 09:42 PM

The word, justice, can be most commonly associated to a criminal trial. When a criminal is read what he or she is sentenced to after the person is found guilty, people find themselves asking, “Was this justice or was not justice?” If this person was found guilty of murder, what would the sentencing be to equal punishment to what the person has taken? If the criminal were to get life in prison, would this be justice? No, life in prison is not an equal trade for the murder the criminal committed, but laws and other factors prevent the sentence from becoming anything worse. So this would not be true justice in this case. True justice is like the barter system of trade, a person can only take something equal in value to what that person has to give. So if this was truly justice, the criminal that has taken a life should give his own life in return. So justice means a wrongful action getting an equivalent punishment.

Posted by: Robert T. Eng-121-CA16 at November 12, 2008 10:21 PM

Injustice is the unfair and unequal treatment of others. Injustice is a violation of one’s rights. Therefore, justice must mean the fair and equal treatment of all people. Justice is giving all people the same rights and the same opportunity in society. When one breaks the law and is “brought to justice” it essentially means they are punished for their crime. Criminals are punished, and the degree of which they are punished varies depending on the severity of their crime. It would be unfair and unjust for a criminal to go uncharged and unpunished for their criminal offense. Justice is righteousness and absolutely necessary for a society to function. People must be treated fairly and equally and criminals must be punished for their crimes, or else society would fall into chaos. Society without justice would be full of injustices, crimes, and suffering.

Posted by: Susan McMillan at November 12, 2008 11:18 PM

Vanessa bell
DR. Hobbs
13 november 2008
ENG 121


Justice is an understanding or compromise that two or more parties agree with. Its a judgement of man against his men. Justice is being fair and right.

Posted by: Vanessa Bell at November 13, 2008 12:45 PM


*NOTE* The deadline for this particular assignment has now passed. Any comments listed below are *ONLY* for the reposting of comments that I specifically asked to be revised or are ones from non-student posters. Any 'student' posts below that missed the assignment deadline will not get credit for the assignment.

~Dr. Hobbs

Posted by: Dr. Hobbs at November 13, 2008 04:08 PM

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