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A Theory of Justice by John Rawls

A Theory of Justice (1971)

by John Rawls

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This volume is a widely-read book of political philosophy and ethics. Arguing for a principled reconciliation of liberty and equality, it attempts to solve the problem of distributive justice (this concerns what is considered to be socially just with respect to the allocation of goods in a society). The resultant theory is known as "Justice as Fairness", from which the author derives his two famous principles of justice. The first of these two principles is known as the equal liberty principle. The second principle is split into two parts; the first, known as fair equality of opportunity, asserts that justice should not benefit those with advantageous social contingencies; while the second, reflecting the idea that inequality is only justified if it is to the advantage of those who are less well-off, is known as the difference principle.… (more)
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I recall being very impressed by the Veil of Ignorance test, though the test is contested by many.
Read, Write, Dream, Teach !

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  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
I recall being very impressed by the Veil of Ignorance test, though the test is contested by many.
Read, Write, Dream, Teach !

19 February, 12016 HE
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  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
  Mandyshu | Jan 24, 2019 |
I discovered this book through a real "apology of Rawls" that was contained within a book from a former speechwriter for President Reagan.

You may agree or disagree with it, but, in organizational design, I used its concepts often not as a guideline for design (different organizations have different concepts of "fairness" and distribution of power and resources), but as a framework to ask questions.

As often what matters is not that you share the answers, but that you can position yourself and your choices vs. the questions coming from sources that do not necessarily concur with your choices.

Having said that, I think that, politically, there are still some parts of the book that are relevant today, moreover when you consider that in our modern society where everybody is constantly switching status and roles, often we demand fairness in some venues (or "ecosystems", to use today's trendy lingo), while fail to give it in others ( )
1 vote aleph123 | Apr 25, 2018 |
A bit dated, ignorant of behavioral economics, 90% waffle. Potentially a useful reference source but needs savage editing.
  BobFitzconner | Jan 1, 2015 |
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