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The Law of Peoples by John Rawls — A Summary

Title: The Law of Peoples
Author: John Rawls
Publication: Critical Inquiry, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Autumn 1993)
Publication: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1343947

  • Before proceeding, make sure you are familiar with Rawls’ concept of…
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Priorities of Global Justice by Thomas Pogge — A Summary

Title: Priorities of Global Justice
Author: Thomas Pogge
Publication: Metaphilosophy, Vol. 32, Nos 1/2 (January 2001)
Link: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24439448


  • As in the essay, all first person plurals (“we”, “us”, “our”, “ourselves”) refer to the developed countries while third person plurals refer, unless explicitly stated or obvious from the context, to developing countries;
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"A Theory of Justice" and me

One of my post-election vows was to read A Theory of Justice by John Rawls.  I just wanted to commend myself on my good work in completing this task.   274 more words


We Are So Lucky God Isn't Fair

I confess.  I am guilty of expecting, wanting, and demanding fairness from God.  I’m lucky I’ve never received it.  A fair God would not be as willing to tolerate some of the things I say and do.  411 more words

Food For Thought

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