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Equality and Justification: the Original Position Reconsidered

Munoz-Dardé, Veronique; (2021) Equality and Justification: the Original Position Reconsidered. IDEES , SI pp. 1-8. Green open access

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Abstract

The original position has an elegance and power beyond most philosophical pictures. It has captured the attention of readers across the world through many generations of students, and is famous well beyond philosophical circles. Yet, as renowned as the original position has become, it is also typically misrepresented and misunderstood. In particular, John Rawls’ method of reasoning behind the veil of ignorance is frequently presented as drawing a conclusion mandated by rational choice theory. My aim, in this brief note, is to clarify the main purpose of the original position and to articulate its main defining features in contrast to this dominant misreading.

Type: Article
Title: Equality and Justification: the Original Position Reconsidered
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://revistaidees.cat/en/equality-justification...
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10148021
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