Is Rawl's theory of justice in the book A Theory of Justice plausible?

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A Theory of Justice derives its central argument from a thought experiment in which a rational person is called upon to determine the best type of society for themselves. But for the purposes of Rawls' argument, they cannot know anything about what their economic status will be in this society. They may be fabulously wealthy or dirt poor. Rawls describes this situation as a "veil of ignorance," and it is essential to his point. He argues that in such a situation, a rationa person would choose a society and an economic system that best provides for those people who are worst off, because there is at least as good a chance that they might wind up in that group as in any other.

Clearly, the conditions for the thought experiment Rawls proposed...

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