Humanist discussion group meeting
"The Liberal Politics of John Rawls: Why be Fair?",
a presentation by Fred Yankowski
John Rawls is one of the most important political and ethical
thinkers of the last century. His 1971 book, Theory of Justice
argued for a conception of politics based on liberal
principles of equality, fairness, and concern for the
disadvantaged. I will present a summary of the key points of
his argument, based on reading his recent book,
Justice as Fairness. We will consider these questions:
+ What does it mean to base justice on fairness?
+ Does this conception of justice agree with Humanism?
+ What does Rawls mean by "original position",
"veil of ignorance", and "difference principle"?
+ Is this conception of justice realistic, or is it a utopian
Mar 06, 2003
01:30 AM to
DuPage UU Church
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