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 A Rawlsian Society

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/9780195136364.003.0007
  A Rawlsian Society

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This chapter deals with Rawls's desire to develop a theory of social justice that is practical, and thus he emphasizes that moral considerations need to be sensitive to a certain degree to empirical experience. The main issue is how a society may sustain itself justly and through a long duration of time. What it means for a society to be well-ordered and why it is important to have a political conception of justice are discussed as components of Rawls's practicability concerns. How Rawls understands his conception of justice as a liberal one and why he opposes more comprehensive liberalisms over his preferred political liberalism are discussed.

Keywords: well-ordered society; political conception of justice; liberal; egalitarian; realizability of justice; constitutional essentials

Chapter.  10620 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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