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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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Thin Reasons to Be Just

Thin Reasons to Be Just

(p.122) V Thin Reasons to Be Just
Why Political Liberalism?

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As a prelude to his arguments for congruence, Rawls argues that members of a well-ordered society would have four reasons to maintain their sense of justice. Those four reasons depend upon the presence of the four desires treated in Chapter IV. This chapter shows how Rawls argues from the presence of those desires to the reasons to be just. It concludes with a critique of those arguments.

Keywords:   John Rawls, congruence, justice, desires, intuitionism, Aristotelian Principle, Samuel Freeman, social union, full deliberative rationality, full theory of the good, thin theory of the good

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