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Single Idea 22848

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / A. Basis of a State / 4. Original Position / b. Veil of ignorance]

Full Idea

Why would a group of people with strong beliefs (e.g. religious beliefs) agree to debate the problem of what norms should govern their association from behind a veil of ignorance? …They would not accept the veil of ignorance as fair.

Gist of Idea

People with strong prior beliefs would have nothing to do with a veil of ignorance


John Charvet (Liberalism: the basics [2019], 14)

Book Reference

Charvet,John: 'Liberalism: the basics' [Routledge 2019], p.179

A Reaction

Nice. Rawls's experiment assumes liberal people with very few beliefs. No racial supremacist is going to enter a society in which they may be of a different race. Charvet says the entrants would all need to be pluralists about the good.

Related Idea

Idea 22849 Rawls's theory cannot justify liberalism, since it presupposes free and equal participants [Charvet]