Homework Help

What is the strongest argument agains Rawls' theory of justice?

user profile pic

deb685 | eNoter

Posted June 20, 2012 at 1:54 PM via web

dislike 1 like

What is the strongest argument agains Rawls' theory of justice?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 2 like

The most common argument against Rawls' theory of justice is that made by David Lewis Schafer, who argued that his theory was more a manifesto of leftist political ideoogy than a serious work of political philosophy. Conservative critics also suggest that Rawls is skirting the fundamental issue of attaining social justice, which entails what they view as the injustice of confiscating wealth for redistribution. Others have suggested that self-interest, which they hold to be the basis for political decisions, is inseperable from knowledge of one's own condition. Rawls's argument for a heuristic "original condition" is, they argue, merely a justification for a conclusion that Rawls has already reached.

Sources:

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes