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Foundations of Liberalism$
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Margaret Moore

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198273851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198273851.001.0001

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Rawls and the Abstract Contract

Rawls and the Abstract Contract

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Foundations of Liberalism

Margaret Moore

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Rawls's argument in A Theory of Justice, which attempts to derive liberal rights and rules of justice from an original position or contract among people denied full knowledge of their identities. This chapter examines problems relating to the derivation of principles from the original position, the conception of the original position itself, and the relation of self‐interest to the capacity of justice.

Keywords:   contract, identities, justice, liberal rights, original position, John Rawls, self‐interest

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