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Liberty and Equality

“Between liberty and equality, there can be but little fraternity.” (Montesquieu, correspondence with Voltaire)* I’d like to follow up on our previous discussion of Libertarianism, as a way of getting clearer on the position I was tentatively putting forward there. … Continue reading

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The Original Original Position?

Check out this passage from William Godwin’s Political Justice, from 1793: The two great questions upon which the theory of government depends are: Upon what foundation can political authority with the greatest propriety rest? and, What are the considerations which … Continue reading

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How medicare sets hospital prices

The great Uwe Reinhardt presents a useful primer to the discussion of health care reform that should interest OPers (mindful as they are of the importance of primary social goods).  I supervised a remarkably thoughtful (and empirically informed) thesis on … Continue reading

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On the Idea of Public Justification

Given our preceding discussion of Rawls’ intended scope for his theory of justice as fairness, I thought it might be useful to say a bit more about his idea of public justification.  First, a bit of groundwork.  Rawls writes at … Continue reading

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On getting into position

OK, I finally got my hands on a copy of Theory of Justice. Sorry for the delay. Our previous discussion of Rawls has been fascinating and has gone in a lot of different directions. I have a better sense now … Continue reading

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Broome on Rawls: A Puzzle

In Parfit’s Reasons and Persons, there is an interesting appendix on “Rawlsian Principles” in which the economist and philosopher John Broome raises an objection to Rawls’s Difference Principle (an objection apparently inspired by some opening remarks by Parfit).  That principle, … Continue reading

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Rawls [7], “Distributive Justice,” (1967)

After a brief segue into the topic of legal obligation, Rawls is back to elaborating on his conception of justice as fairness.  In “Distributive Justice” he has three aims: 1) Explain why the just society should not be structured by … Continue reading

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Rawls [6], “Legal Obligation and the Duty of Fair Play,” (1964)

Suppose we are legal residents of Arizona, and a law has recently been passed which demands of all legal residents that they report suspected illegal immigrants to the local authorities.  (Never mind for the moment how such a law could … Continue reading

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Rawls and Rationality

A propos of a recent thread on whether it is irrational to reject Rawls’s two principles of justice, I thought I would offer my decidedly uninformed take on the issue.  From my summer Rawls reading, I’m inclined (thus far) to … Continue reading

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Rawls [5], “The Sense of Justice,” (1963)

In this essay Rawls addresses two questions, one raised specifically by his theory of justice and the other a general and much discussed meta-ethical question.  The specific question is, “To whom do the principles of justice apply?” or “To whom … Continue reading

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