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To know part deux

October 30, 2011

John Rawls came up with the Theory of Distributive Justice and in contemplating theories that set the value tone in our society, I happened across this:

Good vs. Right

A person’s good is that which is needed for the successful execution of a rational long-term plan of life given reasonably favorable circumstances.

*Liberty  * Opportunity  *Income  *Wealth  *Self-respect

“The good is the satisfaction of rational desire” (Section 15)

Each person has his or her own plan of life – what is good may vary.  Right is set down in the social contract, the same for everyone, influenced by the “veil of ignorance”*.

*Rawls’ established a philosophical scenario: How can we determine the characteristics of a fair social contract?  In answering this, he proposed those who would establish a fair social contract would be a group of “rational” people in the “original position” and the problem of self-interest would be dealt with through a “veil of ignorance”.   According to Rawls because of the veil “no one knows his place in society, his class position or social status; nor does he know his fortune in the distribution of natural assets and abilities, his intelligence and strength, and the like.”   So, basically, because you don’t know where you fall on the socioeconomic chain, you would work to create a just society because once the veil is lifted, you may fall into any of the spots along the chain.

Just some more thoughts to go with the last posting.  Now…to the paper….

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