April 25th, 2012


Foundations and their need

John Rawls, a celebrated American philosopher, builds for himself a powerful perspective from which he explains society and suggests reinventing it through a small set of basic principles. He gives us the Original Principle as a foundation for thinking about justice, and provided one accepts it (and discards alternative conceptions, at least in the context of a set of conversations), one has enough of a foundation to reasonably convergently construct many of the other basics of a just society. Many other philosophies have the same structure; libertarian philosophy has a similarly small core. Other conceptions of good offer methods that are more process-oriented, relying on beliefs of human nature (Hobbes, or political anarchism, or many conceptions of democracy).Collapse )

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