The circumstances of justice may be described as the normal conditions under which human cooperation is both possible and necessary.
Chapter III, Section 22, pg. 126
The first statement of the two principals reads as follows. First: each person is to have an equal right to the most extensive basic liberty compatible with a similar liberty for others. Second: social and economic inequalities are to be arranged so that they are both(a)reasonably expected to be to everyone's advantage, and (b) attached to positions and offices open to all.John Rawls
Many conservative writers have contended that the tendency to equality in modern social movements is the expression of envy. In this way they seek to discredit this trend, attributing it to collectively harmful impulses.John Rawls
The principles of justice are chosen behind a veil of ignorance.John Rawls
It may be expedient but it is not just that some should have less in order that others may prosper.John Rawls
In justice as fairness society is interpreted as a cooperative venture for mutual advantage.John Rawls
To each according to his threat advantage does not count as a principle of justice.John Rawls
I have assumed throughout that the persons in the original position are rational.John Rawls
Clearly when the liberties are left unrestricted they collide with one another.John Rawls
The suppression of liberty is always likely to be irrational.John Rawls
Justice does not require that men must stand idly by while others destroy the basis of their existence.John Rawls
One main problem in Rawl’s defense of “justice as fairness” is that Rawls believes that no one can deserve his or her advantages or assets in life it’s all a matter of luck. As he puts it, “No one deserves his greater natural capacity nor merits a more favorable starting point in society.” The reason? Because even a person’s character (i.e., the virtues he or she practices that may provide him with ways of getting ahead of others) “depends in large part upon fortunate family and social circumstances for which he can claim no credit”…John Rawls
An intolerant sect has no right to complain when it is denied an equal liberty. ... A person’s right to complain is limited to principles he acknowledges himself.John Rawls
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