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 A Top‐Tier Criterion of Justice

Thomas Pogge

in John Rawls

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780195136364
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199867691 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136364.003.0003
  A Top‐Tier Criterion of Justice

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This chapter introduces Rawls's three-tiered approach to justice. How Rawls comes to adopt a purely recipient-oriented criterion of justice is discussed. Another important element of a criterion of justice that is discussed is the anonymity condition. Why Rawls chose to focus on fundamental interests rather than, say, happiness as the appropriate metric of well-being, is examined.

Keywords: recipient-oriented criterion; anonymity condition; fundamental interests; measure of well-being

Chapter.  6994 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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