The Methods of Justice: Reflections on Rawls


in The Ideal of a Rational Morality

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780198250210
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681264 | DOI:
The Methods of Justice:                         Reflections on Rawls

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This chapter offers some reflections on Rawls’s Theory of Justice. It argues that if the historical background is vital in judgements of justice — which it is — then comparison with the abstract ideal of perfect justice is, if not altogether irrelevant, certainly problematic. There is, it appears, no direct application of the principles of justice to institutions, just as there is no direct application of them to concrete conduct.

Keywords: John Rawls; A Theory of Justice; morality; justice; moral judgement

Chapter.  17127 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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