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John Rawls

Rawls' theory of justice assumes that there are no natural claims on the distribution of goods in society. Why is...

John Rawls’ assertions regarding the distribution of wealth in society, as articulated in his important study A Theory of Justice (for purposes of discussion, the revised edition was consulted in...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2014 2:42 pm UTC

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John Rawls

What was John Rawls' version of the social contract theory?

Rawls's idea of the social contract suggests that an act is just if everyone involved in it would agree beforehand that these are the actions that they would reasonably consider taking. As he...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2017 2:43 pm UTC

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Apply the concept of the "veil of ignorance" to an issue in today's society.

I assume that you are asking us to apply Rawls' ideas to an issue in today's society. I have changed your question to reflect that. One good issue to use to illustrate the veil of ignorance is the...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2011 8:42 am UTC

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In contemporary political thought, what does John Rawls believe equality of opportunity requires?

John Rawls argues that inequality of result is acceptable in a society so long as there is true equality of opportunity. He argues that it is acceptable to give (for example) higher pay and higher...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2012 4:11 pm UTC

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According to John Rawls, what is the original position and what is the point of entering it?

According to John Rawls, the original position is not a place but rather a point of view. It is a point of view that is neutral and which takes into account the needs of all people, not just...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2016 2:25 am UTC

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John Rawls

Explain Rawls's theory of justice, including the original position.

Rawls's idea of the "original position" is that we can determine what a just world would look like by imagining what world we would choose to create if we were able to shape the world while behind...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2019 4:36 pm UTC

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What were the philosophical beliefs of John Rawls and Martha Nussbaum? 

Both Rawls and Nussbaum are modern American philosophers with distinguished academic careers whose work has focused mainly on the fields of moral and political philosophy. Rawls (1921—2002) is best...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2015 11:21 pm UTC

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Whats is John Rawls' opinion on owning and distributing property such as land and money among people in a society?

Rawls says at least two important things about this topic. First, he says that when we set up the rules about our society and about distribution of these kinds of resources, we need to do so from...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2011 10:15 am UTC

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