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John Rawls's Theory of Justice

John Rawls

Rawls’ 1971 text links the idea of social justice to a basic sense of fairness that recognizes human rights and freedoms. Controversially, though, it also accepts differences in the distribution of goods and services—as long as they benefit the worst-off in society. To justify his theory, Rawls asks readers to indulge in a thought experiment where members of an imaginary society create their idea of justice behind a ‘veil of ignorance’—not knowing where they would be placed in terms of class, wealth or intelligence. The result, Rawls argues, would be a society that offers basic liberties to all citizens, ensuring the greatest benefit for the least well off.

Rawls’ 1971 text links the idea of social justice to a basic sense of fairness that recognizes human rights and freedoms. Controversially, though, it also accepts differences in the distribution of goods and services—as long as they benefit the worst-off in society. To justify his theory, Rawls asks readers to indulge in a thought experiment where members of an imaginary society create their idea of justice behind a ‘veil of ignorance’—not knowing where they would be placed in terms of class, wealth or intelligence. The result, Rawls argues, would be a society that offers basic liberties to all citizens, ensuring the greatest benefit for the least well off.
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Rawls’ 1971 text links the idea of social justice to a basic sense of fairness that recognizes human rights and freedoms. Controversially, though, it also accepts differences in the distribution of goods and services—as long as they benefit the worst-off in society. To justify his theory, Rawls asks readers to indulge in a thought experiment where members of an imaginary society create their idea of justice behind a ‘veil of ignorance’—not knowing where they would be placed in terms of class, wealth or intelligence. The result, Rawls argues, would be a society that offers basic liberties to all citizens, ensuring the greatest benefit for the least well off.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Filippo Dionigi, Macat.com

Length:

1h 46m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:24