Preview Response

Justice / Social Sciences

Emily Burdett

Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham


The Justice Preview that Wolterstoff outlines seems to fit intuitively with how we form understandings of interaction and justice. Some of my work examines how children understand fairness and I use stories to try to convey different scenarios to children. In some recent work it seems children have an intuitive sense that it is wrong when another causes harm and they aren’t surprised when something bad befalls that person. However, they are surprised when another causes harm and good things are bestowed on this person. Children feel this is surprising and wrong. (Perhaps sometimes why the Gospel is so provoking!)