About the author: Graham Wagstaff is Reader in Psychology at the University of Liverpool. He lectures mainly in the area of social psychology, but has researched and published widely in his specialist topics of justice and hypnosis, particularly as they relate to law. In addition to his academic work, he has also appeared as an expert witness in the High Court.
2001 0-7734-7406-4 The first part of this volume critically reviews modern philosophical approaches to justice, charts the rise and fall of equity theory in psychology, and describes the conceptual turmoil that has resulted since its decline. The second part of the book argues that by combining the results of modern psychological research into justice and sociobiology with our knowledge of the ancient philosophical traditions of justice, and tracing some of the historical development of these traditions, it is possible to define fundamental, unifying, core principles of justice, and to gain a unique insight into the roots of problems that now confront theorists and researchers. It is not only a unique treatise on the nature of justice, it also serves as a valuable integrated interdisciplinary reference source in an otherwise fragmented area.