The First Principle of Justice

Thomas Pogge

in John Rawls

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780195136364
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199867691 | DOI:
  The First Principle of Justice

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This chapter examines the first principle of justice, which is concerned with how well a political order secures the basic rights and liberties of its members. This involves a careful analysis of the structure of a basic right and what it means for a society to realize it. The fair value of the basic political liberties, which Rawls includes among the requirements of the first principle, is discussed. There is also an extensive critical discussion of what Rawls identifies as permissible and impermissible reductions of basic liberties.

Keywords: basic rights; basic liberties; fair value; permissible reductions; impermissible reductions

Chapter.  10111 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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