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Rawls on the Individual and the Social

Wayne Proudfoot
The Journal of Religious Ethics
Vol. 2, No. 2 (Fall, 1974), pp. 107-128
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40017752
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

Three models suggested by Rawls (1971) for conceiving the relation between individual and society are described and critically evaluated. Special attention is given to Rawls's analogies of the problem of mapping the moral sentiments with the problem of mapping linguistic competence and of a social union with participation in a game. Similarities are noted between the theory of justice as fairness and traditional religious conceptions. Both aim to transcend particular interests and both embody perfectionist ideals.

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