The Philosophy Of Social Justice Essay

1200 Words Oct 6th, 2016 5 Pages
This paper will firstly explain, the background of the philosophy of social justice followed with a time line that marks important philosophical dates of interest and events throughout history; Secondly it will focus on John Rawls Theory of Justice, addressing the stages of his theory, and the historical nature of social justice in conjunction with western philosophy. Lastly this essay will look at the diversity of Rawls 's philosophical and ethical thoughts. It was during the period of Enlightenment of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, that philosophers first contributed to the social contract theory. This was a time marked in history, as a time when intellectuals first began to explore established views in relation to religion, science, economics, governments and laws. Dating back between 1588 and 1679, the three key thinkers within the philosophy of social justice, influencing the main idea of a social contract, were Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Their theories suggest that, the whole of society has been produced by a general social agreement, which outlines our responsibilities as citizens. They suggest that our obligations to obey the rules of justice, stem from the governments that enforce these rules of justice within our society. These rules, enable a fair and just society, and are in the best interests of all people. Throughout the historical development of Western philosophy of ethics, the following information provides marked…

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