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The savings problem in the original position: assessing and revising a model

Brandstedt, Eric (2017) The savings problem in the original position: assessing and revising a model. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 47 (2-3). pp. 269-289. ISSN 0045-5091

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00455091.2016.1250202


The common conception of justice as reciprocity seemingly is inapplicable to relations between non-overlapping generations. This is a challenge also to John Rawls’s theory of justice as fairness. This text responds to this by way of reinterpreting and developing Rawls’s theory. First, by examining the original position as a model, some revisions of it are shown to be wanting. Second, by drawing on the methodology of constructivism, an alternative solution is proposed: an amendment to the primary goods named ‘sustainability of values’. This revised original position lends support to intergenerational justice as fairness.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Canadian Journal of Philosophy
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 16:44
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 06:08

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