A Theory Of Justice By John Rawls

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John Rawls was born in 1921, he was recognized as a huge leading proponent of liberalism, which is belief in the value of social and political change in order to achieve progress. (Johnson Encyclopedia). It is to believed that there are two important life events that shaped Rawls’s philosophical work. He lost two younger brothers, one to diphtheria and the other to pneumonia. He also serves as in soldier in the pacific during the last two years of World War II. “These experiences also most likely influenced the development of his vison of justice…” (Johnson Encyclopedia). Rawls used these important events in his life to shape his ideas and they help create the perspective he gives us in his writings. These two experiences helped developed the …show more content…
“…Arguing that choices of principle concerning the basic structure of society should be regarded as if made by contractors in the ‘original position,’ choosing from behind a ‘veil of ignorance’ concerning their special characteristics and interests” (Johnson Encyclopedia). Rawls claims that in order to achieve a fair society, decision makers should operate from the original proposition of what equality is with no personal views affecting the outlook. According to Rawls, if someone is most likely to be negatively affected by the decision, they are most likely to argue, keeping her own self-interests in mind, will make a decision that is fair to all. I believe that if someone who is negatively impacted by a decision know that others are also in the same situation, they will try to change it so the other people, including themselves, will not have to suffer anymore. Take those in poverty for instance, if a man who was once poor sees a homeless person on the side of the road, that man will remember what it was like to be in that person’s shoes and try to help because he knows how that homeless person feels. Rational people have a sense as to what justice is, and make that equal for those all around them. “The animating philosophical idea in A Theory of Justice is that utilitarianism does not take rights seriously, and that not taking rights seriously is a grave defect, so we need a theory of justice …show more content…
The question is, is fairness the same a justice or do we have to decide whether fairness or justice is more important to have a better society? Rawls wants everything to be fair, but if it takes away money from those who make a higher income, then is it really justice? When I hear the word justice, I think of the law; it is something that is the same for everyone and does not change. It can be good in some ways, but can also be a very negative thing. Laws are made to make sure everyone follows the same rules, but there are some rules that are inevitably broken by some people, and it is unfair that they get in trouble because of that law. The problem with fairness is just because something is fair to one person may not seem fair to another. People tend to see what others have and want it instead of what they have even though they have their fair

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