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Why Political Liberalism?On John Rawls's Political Turn$
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Paul Weithman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393033

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393033.001.0001

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The Acquisition of Four Desires

The Acquisition of Four Desires

(p.97) IV The Acquisition of Four Desires
Why Political Liberalism?

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The arguments of Theory of Justice which are undermined by the inconsistency Rawls found are arguments intended to show what Rawls called the “congruence” of the right and the good. Those arguments depend upon the claim that members of a just society would all have four desires. This chapter shows how Rawls thinks those desires would normally be developed. The development of those desires depends upon what Rawls calls the “Aristotelian Principle”. The chapter distinguishes two readings of the principle and argues for the one that is generally overlooked.

Keywords:   Aristotelian Principle, desires, congruence, John Rawls, stability

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