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Justice Deserted: A Critique of Rawls' "A Theory of Justice"

Michael Zuckert
Polity
Vol. 13, No. 3 (Spring, 1981), pp. 466-483
DOI: 10.2307/3234621
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3234621
Page Count: 18
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Justice Deserted: A Critique of Rawls' "A Theory of Justice"
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Abstract

John Rawls' A Theory of Justice has received a great deal of attention. While some would argue it has received too much attention (and one of our reviewers called it "greatly overrated"), there can be no doubt of the enormity of the book's impact. Professor Zuckert here provides a fresh critique of Rawls, arguing that he has misinterpreted the very logic and concept of justice. Professor Zuckert suggests that more careful attention needs to be paid to the basic structure of Rawls' logic, particularly his discussion of "our considered moral judgments," and that when this is done Rawls' own principles of justice are unable to satisfy the criteria of justice he posits.

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