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There is a difference between ‘that which is unjust’ and ‘unjust conduct,’ and between ‘that which is just’ and ‘just conduct.’ Nature or ordinance pronounces a thing unjust: when that thing is done, it is ‘unjust conduct’; till it is done, it is only ‘unjust.’ And similarly with ‘just conduct,’ a dikaioma (or more correctly, the general term is dikaiopragema, dikaioma denoting the rectification of an act of injustice).

We shall have later1 to consider the several rules of justice and of law, and to enumerate their various kinds and describe them and the things with which they deal.

1 Possibly a reference to an intended (or now lost) book of the Politics on laws (Ross).

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