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Incentives and principles for individuals in Rawls's theory of justice

Voorhoeve, Alex (2005) Incentives and principles for individuals in Rawls's theory of justice. Éthique et Économique, 3 (1). pp. 1-7. ISSN 1639-1306

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Philippe van Parijs (2003) has argued that an egalitarian ethos cannot be part of a post- Political Liberalism Rawlsian view of justice, because the demands of political justice are confined to principles for institutions of the basic structure alone. This paper argues, by contrast, that certain principles for individual conduct—including a principle requiring relatively advantaged individuals to sometimes make their economic choices with the aim of maximising the prospects of the least advantaged—are an integral part of a Rawlsian political conception of justice. It concludes that incentive payments will have a clearly limited role in a Rawlsian theory of justice.

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Additional Information: © 2005 Éthique et économique
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2008 12:28
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:19

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