In this work the author argues that the correct principles of justice are those that would be agreed to by free and rational persons, placed in the original position. Though the revised edition of A Theory of Justice, published in , is the definitive statement of Rawls's view, so much of the extensive. This book is a revised edition of A Theory of Justice, published in by Harvard University Press. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Rawls.
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Editorial Reviews. Review. “John Rawls draws on the most subtle techniques of contemporary Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Politics & Social Sciences. Cambridge, Mass., Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, This volume is a widely-read book of political philosophy and ethics. Arguing for a principled reconciliation of liberty and equality, it attempts to solve the problem of distributive justice (this concerns what is. Since it appeared in , John Rawls's "A Theory of Justice" has become a classic. The author has now revised the original edition to clear up a number of.
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A substitute set of reasons enables us all to proceed. Each person adopts for public discussion reasons that depend on no comprehensive doctrine. Instead, these reasons assume only that each person is a free and equal member of society.
A new difficulty seems immediately to arise. Will not a problem analogous to the one Rawls has endeavored to solve now confront us? Will not people who restrict themselves only to public reason find themselves mired in new disagreements? Why will those who recognize each other as free and equal find their debates free of discord? Our author responds with a simple solution.
Everyone adopts the same set of reasons.
Well, you may say, Rawls has secured the unity he so much wants: but has he not paid too high a price? Why will people give up their comprehensive doctrines—the positions that are to them most basic—just to secure agreement with others? Here exactly our author is at his most ingenious. Rawls, it develops, is not so unrealistic as to expect people to abandon their most basic beliefs. But if the beliefs cannot be used in so essential a context, in what sense do they remain?
Each person will ask, from within his own comprehensive doctrine, what he is to do when others in society radically disagree. Those who do so will find resources in their own fundamental beliefs to support public reason. Each system, that is to say, will perform an act of self-abnegation: it will deduce from its own tenets that its distinctive doctrines must be placed to one side, when diverse positions show themselves present.
In brief, an "overlapping consensus" of various comprehensive doctrines supports public reason. One point more, and we will grasp the essence of what Rawls has in mind. Public reason, as he conceives it, does not consist of innocuous generalities, so bland that all comprehensive views can accept them.
In his opinion, resort to public reason generates universal agreement on the proper basic structure of society. By an odd coincidence, this structure is identical with the scheme that Rawls propounds in A Theory of Justice. In particular, public reason endorses the radically egalitarian "difference principle. Certainly he is right that people in modern societies do not unite in accepting a comprehensive doctrine. But he at once takes a false step. He assumes that, unless its situation is somewhat palliated, a society whose members have clashing beliefs faces disaster.
But why assume this? Why cannot people with differing beliefs live together, even if each person refuses in public debate to dilute his own beliefs?
Why, for example, should a natural-rights libertarian put aside his views just because he knows that egalitarians in his society do not share his beliefs? Why should he not attempt to defend his beliefs as best he can? Our author responds that to do so is to render society unstable.
Stability demands more than a mere modus vivendi; unless people adopt public reason, society stands at risk of dissolution. If you have not received any information after contact with Australia Post, please contact us to confirm that the details for delivery logged with us are correct.
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