A theory of justice?

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This is a critical analysis of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice. Rawls offers a theoretical justification of social democratic principles of justice. He argues that they are the principles which rational men would choose, under defined constraints, in an original position of social contract. The author criticises Rawls's assumption that men of any background, of any socialisation, would choose these principles in the original position. He argues that the choice which Rawls imputes to his contractors reflects a specific socialisation - one dominant in Western democracies. The theory is useful because it systematises a particular sense of justice; it is in no sense however a universal theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-324
Number of pages14
JournalTheory and Decision
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Feb 1974

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Decision Sciences
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Computer Science Applications


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