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Rawls: Fairness over Utilitarianism

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Rawls: Fairness over Utilitarianism


We meet in WPH 201.

In trying to determine the foundations of an ideal just society, Rawls must first decide what justice is. He comes to the conclusion that justice is fairness in a society.

Does this notion of justice as fairness lead Ralws to something utilitarian, where society focuses on producing the greatest good?

Absolutely not, according to Rawls. Utilitarianism is not able to produce justice, in fact, it can breed injustice and inequality quite easily.

Instead, Rawls embarks on creating his own metric of fairness which he believes can be used as a benchmark for all societies.

We hope you will come, and bring some of your friends, to this important discussion as we try to figure out what Rawls' just society is.



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