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In Defense of Liberal Equality

Newhouse, M.E. (2018) In Defense of Liberal Equality Public Reason, 9 (1-2). pp. 99-108.

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In A Theory of Justice, Rawls concludes that individuals in the original position would choose to adopt a system of democratic equality governed by his two principles of justice. However, Rawls mistakenly defines the possibility space within which individuals in his original position must make their choice. An alternative account of the possibility space created by Rawls’s original position reveals that a system of liberal equality, according to which distributive shares would be determined by market processes, would be preferred by risk-averse individuals. However, such individuals would guard against the erosion of the social bases of self-respect by including a social safety net among the basic equal liberties secured by Rawls’s first principle of justice.

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Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
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Date : 2018
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Uncontrolled Keywords : Rawls; A Theory of Justice; Liberal equality; The difference principle; Rational choice
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Date Deposited : 01 May 2018 11:03
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2018 15:46

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