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Rawls and the Abstract Contract

Margaret Moore

in Foundations of Liberalism

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198273851
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599934 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198273851.003.0003
 Rawls and the Abstract Contract

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This chapter examines Rawls's argument in A Theory of Justice, which attempts to derive liberal rights and rules of justice from an original position or contract among people denied full knowledge of their identities. This chapter examines problems relating to the derivation of principles from the original position, the conception of the original position itself, and the relation of self‐interest to the capacity of justice.

Keywords: contract; identities; justice; liberal rights; original position; John Rawls; self‐interest

Chapter.  17508 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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