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This post is dedicated to John Rawls

  1. His formula of social justice:

I shall now state in a provisional form the two principles of justice
First: each person is to have an equal right to the most extensive basic liberty compatible with a similar liberty for all…

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Madeleine Harris

’17, Eastern University


The goal of ethics can always be traced back to an original question of what a self is. If the self is primarily political, then ethical systems ought to be aimed at an idea of what is ‘Right.’ But, if the self is primarily relational and dependent, then ethics ought to be aimed at the notion of what is ‘Good.’ Using John Rawls’ and Iris Murdoch’s contrasting visions of the self, I argue that ethics ought always to be aimed at the ‘Good’ based on the idea that a distinction between private and public selves is not actually possible and that human persons are primarily something deeper than political animals. 2,965 more words


John Rawls, Justice (and the Meat Ban in India)

Originally published: 5th October 2015

If you were to answer the question, what is the most desirable value that a society should embody, what would you say? 1,509 more words

Thinking Out Loud

Why Americans Misunderstand What Being "Liberal" Means?

During the past year, I followed the U.S. Presidential Election very carefully throughout its course. During the elections, I learned that Americans associate being liberal with being a socialist or leftist. 398 more words


Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought. A theory however elegant and economical must be rejected or revised if it is untrue; likewise laws and institutions no matter how efficient and well arranged must be reformed or abolished if they are unjust.

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The Deserving vs. Undeserving

             The Deserving versus Undeserving in the 21st Century

 Based on my personal observation and conversations over the past 7-8 years, the population of Columbia’s street poor consists of few undeserving. 998 more words


Ethics requiring heart and head

Most of us know darn well that we have to make some tough decisions sometimes. Do we lie to save someone’s pride? Do we give the bum some money? 734 more words