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John Rawls

Beyond Rawls' Fiction: The Veil of Ignorance Is Real

Harold Lloyd | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

Whether "liberal" or "conservative," a rational person who admits the veil of ignorance understands the importance of fairness and of general concern for the welfare not only of himself but of others who differ from his present status and characteristics.

Concerning Socialism

Lewis Worrow | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Lewis Worrow

It is self-evident that equal opportunity is a necessary quality of a fair society, but to achieve this an inefficient redistribution of wealth is required.

Ethics, Accuracy and Perspectives on Michael Brown and Ferguson

Ben Spielberg | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

If we evaluate viewpoints using the veil of ignorance and a thorough analysis of the facts, we will more easily identify the root causes of disagreements. We will also be forced to focus our conversations around ethical considerations and honest dialogue.

What Makes Society Unfair?

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

Many of us feel that our societies are a little – or even plain totally – ‘unfair’. But we have a hard time explaining our sense of injustice ...

Rawls in the Real World

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth Mason

More than 40 years after he published his seminal work A Theory of Justice, the debate continues about the logic and desirability of subscribing to his worldview. We need debate no longer: we should all be Rawlsians now.

Facing Off on Rawls, Public Reason, and Whether Political Discourse is Improving: A Conversation With Eric Miller

Matt Bieber | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Matt Bieber

Eric Miller and I have been debating religion and politics since middle school. Today, he's a writer and professor at Bloomsburg University, while I'm still shooting NERF arrows at his head. Obviously, it was time to take our show on the road.

Redistribution: The 'R' Word

Ron Davis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Ron Davis

The President has announced that he wants to tackle inequality and the lack of upward mobility for poor Americans. He has many ideas for doing so, and many involve redistribution. But he smartly avoids mentioning the "R" word.

The Crisis in the Humanities: Why Today's Educational and Cultural Experts Can't and Won't Resolve the Failings of the Liberal Arts

Dr. Diana E. Sheets | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Dr. Diana E. Sheets

Without a seismic change in values that venerates historical cultures of excellence in conjunction with a celebration of scientific, professional, and technical achievement, there can be no restoration of the humanities.

Eyebrow-Raising Omission in Republican Principles: Absence of 'Justice'

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Could it be -- and I know this is difficult to believe -- that the right-wing really does not believe in all our founding principles?

What I Learned About Law School Grading From Danny DeVito, John Rawls and Ryan Lochte

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.20.2013 | Education
Frank H. Wu

If we are to rely on grades at all we should rely on more than a single signal about performance. Even if we adopt John Rawls's worldview, we will send up with Ryan Lochtes who are great but not superlative. How we set up grades reflects much more.

What the Healthcare Debacle Says About Our Country

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

The healthcare debate sadly shows that in this country we are unable to get beyond a "what's in it for me" mentality that limits and diminishes us as a nation. But perhaps I just need to get with the program.