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Single Idea 22849

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

Full Idea

Rawls's theory presupposes that the contractors are conceived, and conceive themselves, to be free and equal persons. Consequently, the theory cannot be presented as a justificatory theory of liberalism.

Gist of Idea

Rawls's theory cannot justify liberalism, since it presupposes free and equal participants


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

Book Reference

Charvet,John: 'Liberalism: the basics' [Routledge 2019], p.181

A Reaction

Nice. If you imagine diverse groups with many strong beliefs coming together to form a society, Rawls is asking them all to become liberals before they all decide how to live together.

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Idea 22848 People with strong prior beliefs would have nothing to do with a veil of ignorance [Charvet]