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Rawls's <i>A Theory of Justice</i>

John Finnis

in Human Rights and Common Good

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580071
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729393 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580071.003.0004
Rawls's A Theory of Justice

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This chapter is a summary and review of Rawls's book. It offers to identify the fundamental logical flaw at the book's heart: the assumption that if a principle would be rejected by the unbiased persons in the postulated Original Position, it therefore would and should be rejected by reasonable people unconstrained by the systematic ignorance imposed by Rawls on persons in the Original Position to preserve them from bias. It also points to the risk aversion postulated by Rawls.

Keywords: Rawls; Original Position; bias; risk aversion; ignorance

Chapter.  1684 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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