On Justification

Thomas Pogge

in John Rawls

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780195136364
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199867691 | DOI:
  On Justification

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This chapter begins with the question of how Rawls's conception of justice as fairness can be externally justified. To justify a conception of justice, Rawls develops a method of considering our convictions insofar as they can be shown to cohere to what can be called the state of reflective equilibrium, that can inform the conception of justice upon which we settle. Various problems this view may encounter are considered in detail. The remainder of the chapter deals with Rawls's use of ideas and the importance of truth and reasonableness in his theory.

Keywords: reflective equilibrium; fundamental ideas; pure procedural justice; justice as fairness

Chapter.  7020 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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