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John Rawls (1921 - 2002) was an American philosopher.

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How to argue that some inequality is justifiable in order to maximize the well-being of the worst off in Rawls's theory of justice?

In context, I have to describe what we think is a just society by Rawls theory of justice. I want to try and use Scandinavia, for example, the Nordic Model as a representation as a just society. ...
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Why do some actions contain normative implications and some do not

Off the bat, my specific question is actually if someone can point me to the philosophic domain of inquiry which deals with the above question. In context, I am doing a paper on Rawls. Joseph Raz ...
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Would Rawls accept fair trade as a fair/just organization?

If we use John Rawl's concept of justice based on "A Theory of Justice" on the organisation/institution of Fair Trade, what would our results be? Would Rawls perceive Fair Trade as a fair/just ...
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Rawls' phrase “well-ordered society”

Given Rawls' near-constant recourse to mathematical examples and analogies in AToJ, what are the chances that his talk of well-ordered societies is to be understood in part in terms of well-ordered ...
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Moral constructivism and intuitionistic logic

What with all the times Rawls uses mathematics examples in AToJ, such as the guy who counts blades of grass for fun and survives by solving math problems for a fee, or π being transcendental, or the ...
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Difference between “formal justice” and “formal equality”

Formal justice, according to Rawls (1999, p. 51) is the ... impartial and consistent administration of laws and institutions, whatever their substantive principles ... If we think of justice as ...
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How would you apply John Rawls “Theory of justice” to everyday decisions?

How can I apply John Rawls theory of justice to everyday decision making?
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Does Rawls aim at stating the necessary conditions or the sufficient conditions for a society to be just?

Note : this question does not aim at discussing in detail Rawls' theory, nor at showing a profound knowledge of Rawls' doctrine ; it only deals with the global intentions of Rawls in A Theory Of ...
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Are there willful conceptual orderings?

One of the key themes of Rawls' AToJ, and a notion used in (I'll call them "classical") definitions of deontology vs. teleology, is that there is an alterable cognitive/intellectual ...
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Is Kant's concept of radical evil an epistemic notion?

One interpretation of the moment in Kant's presentation on "radical" (fundamental) "evil" where he asserts the universality of the predicate, vs. humanity, is that being finite is ...
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How would luck egalitarianism deal with AI and automatisation in production?

Mainstream theories of justice, particularly luck egalitarianism, accept that the "good fortune," the goods that result from endowments, not from choice or effort, be redistributed to aid those ...
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Is brain reward hacking immoral?

Consider the following scenarios, each of which at their core refer to a form of 'reward hacking'. Based on personal observation, each scenario below generally elicits an immediate, visceral feeling ...
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Can one conceive history as “one body”? Are there “fixed” concepts or ideas that define cultural relativity?

Ideologies can be thought to be sometimes perceived as being an "unified" body of historical information. A sort of body that reflects how an individual or a group will come to perceive the current ...