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John Rawls

Ideal legislators do not vote their interests.

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John Rawls

I live in a country where 90 or 95 percent of the people profess to be religious, and maybe they are religious, though my experience of religion suggests that very few people are actually religious in more than a conventional sense.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Rawls

There is a divergence between private and social accounting that the market fails to register. One essential task of law and government is to institute the necessary conditions.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Rawls

Of course, we know that not everyone agrees with assisted suicide, but people might agree that one has the right to it, even if they're not themselves going to exercise it.

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John Rawls

If A were not allowed his better position, B would be even worse off than he is.

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John Rawls

The circumstances of justice may be described as the normal conditions under which human cooperation is both possible and necessary.

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John Rawls

There are various ways you might define the common good, but that would be one way you could do it.

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John Rawls

In constant pursuit of money to finance campaigns, the political system is simply unable to function. Its deliberative powers are paralyzed.

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John Rawls

A political conception covers the right to vote, the political virtues, and the good of political life, but it doesn't intend to cover anything else.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Rawls

When the basic structure of society is publicly known to satisfy its principles for an extended period of time, those subject to these arrangements tend to develop a desire to act in accordance with these principles and to do their part in institutions which exemplify them

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Rawls

The good of political life is the good of free and equal citizens recognizing the duty of civility to one another and supporting the institutions of a constitutional regime.

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John Rawls

It is of first importance that the military be subordinate to civilian government

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John Rawls

Thus I assume that to each according to his threat advantage is not a conception of justice.

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John Rawls

The question is, we have a particular problem. How many religions are there in the United States? How are they going to get on together? One way, which has been the usual way historically, is to fight it out, as in France in the sixteenth century. That's a possibility.

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John Rawls

The only thing that permits us to acquiesce in an erroneous theory is the lack of a better one, analogously, an injustice is tolerable only when it is necessary to avoid an even greater injustice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Rawls

Any comprehensive doctrine, religious or secular, can be introduced into any political argument at any time, but I argue that people who do this should also present what they believe are public reasons for their argument. So their opinion is no longer just that of one particular party, but an opinion that all members of a society might reasonably agree to, not necessarily that they would agree to. What's important is that people give the kinds of reasons that can be understood and appraised apart from their particular comprehensive doctrines.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Rawls

The strength of the claims of formal justice, of obedience to system, clearly depend upon the substantive justice of institutions and the possibilities of their reform.

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John Rawls

I have tried to set forth a theory that enables us to understand and to assess these feelings about the primacy of justice. Justice as fairness is the outcome: it articulates these opinions and supports their general tendency.

By Anonym 19 Sep

John Rawls

We try to show that the well-ordered society of justice as fairness is indeed possible according to our nature and those requirements. This endeavor belongs to political philosophy as reconciliation; for seeing that the conditions of a social world at least allow for that possibility affects our view of the world itself and our attitude toward it. No longer need it seem hopelessly hostile, a world in which the will to dominate and oppressive cruelties, abetted by prejudice and folly, must inevitably prevail. None of these may ease our loss, situated as we may be in a corrupt society. But we may reflect that the world is not in itself inhospitable to political justice and its good. Our social world might have been different and there is hope for those at another time and place

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Rawls

A political conception just applies to the basic structure of a society, its institutions, constitutional essentials, matters of basic justice and property, and so on.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Rawls

The claims of existing social arrangements and of self interest have been duly allowed for. We cannot at the end count them a second time because we do not like the result.

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John Rawls

The perspective of eternity is not a perspective from a certain place beyond the world, nor the point of view of a transcendent being; rather it is a certain form of thought and feeling that rational persons can adopt within the world ... Purity of heart, if one could attain it, would be to see clearly and to act with grace and self-command from this point of view.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Rawls

You hear that liberalism lacks an idea of the common good, but I think that's a mistake.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Rawls

What's important is that people give the kinds of reasons that can be understood and appraised apart from their particular comprehensive doctrines: for example, that they argue against physician-assisted suicide not just by speculating about God's wrath or the afterlife, but by talking about what they see as assisted suicide's potential injustices.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Rawls

Political philosophy is realistically utopian when it extends what are ordinarily thought to be the limits of practicable political possibility and, in so doing, reconciles us to our political and social condition. Our hope for the future of our society rests on the belief that the social world allows a reasonably just Society of Peoples.

By Anonym 16 Sep

John Rawls

First: each person is to have an equal right to the most extensive liberty compatible with similar liberty for others. Second: social and economic inequalities are to be arranged so that they are both (a) reasonably expected to be to everyone's advantage, and (b) attached to positions and offices open to all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Rawls

Ideally citizens are to think of themselves as if they were legislators and ask themselves what statutes, supported by what reasons satisfying the criterion of reciprocity, they would think is most reasonable to enact.

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John Rawls

Religious faith is an important aspect of American culture and a fact of American political life.

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John Rawls

Ideally a just constitution would be a just procedure arranged to insure a just outcome.

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John Rawls

There are infinitely many variations of the initial situation and therefore no doubt indefinitely many theorems of moral geometry.

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John Rawls

The idea of public reason isn't about the right answers to all these questions, but about the kinds of reasons that they ought to be answered by.

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John Rawls

People can make arguments from the Bible if they want to. But I want them to see that they should also give arguments that all reasonable citizens might agree to.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Rawls

There are two kinds of comprehensive doctrines, religious and secular. Those of religious faith will say I give a veiled argument for secularism, and the latter will say I give a veiled argument for religion. I deny both. Each side presumes the basic ideas of constitutional democracy, so my suggestion is that we can make our political arguments in terms of public reason. Then we stand on common ground. That's how we can understand each other and cooperate.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Rawls

An injustice is tolerable only when it is necessary to avoid an even greater injustice.

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John Rawls

Clearly when the liberties are left unrestricted they collide with one another.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Rawls

The naturally advantaged are not to gain merely because they are more gifted, but only to cover the costs of training and education and for using their endowments in ways that help the less fortunate as well.

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John Rawls

Justice is the first virtue of social institutions.

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John Rawls

An intuitionist conception of justice is, one might say, but half a conception.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Rawls

Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought. A theory however elegant and economical must be rejected or revised if it is untrue; likewise laws and institutions no matter how efficient and well-arranged must be reformed or abolished if they are unjust.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Rawls

Public reason arguments can be good or bad just like other arguments.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Rawls

If you compare the United States with Europe, my view is that what happened in Europe is that the church became deeply distrusted by people, because it sided with the monarchs. It instituted the Inquisition and became part of the repressive state apparatus. That never happened here. We don't have that history.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Rawls

I'm concerned about the survival, historically, of constitutional democracy.

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John Rawls

First of all, principles should be general. That is, it must be possible to formulate them without use of what would be intuitively recognized as proper names, or rigged definite descriptions.

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John Rawls

An intolerant sect has no right to complain when it is denied an equal liberty... A person's right to complain is limited to principles he acknowledges himself.

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John Rawls

A society regulated by a public sense of justice is inherently stable.

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John Rawls

How did Madison get separation through Virginia and later Congress? The Baptists, the Presbyterians, and the smaller sects hated Jefferson; to them he was a secularist of the worst kind. But Madison could get Jefferson's bill passed because the Baptists, the Presbyterians, and smaller sects who were excluded in New England and in the South got together for their own protection.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Rawls

We must choose for others as we have reason to believe they would choose for themselves if they were at the age of reason and deciding rationally.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Rawls

Properly understood, then, the desire to act justly derives in part from the desire to express most fully what we are or can be, namely free and equal rational beings with the liberty to choose.

By Anonym 19 Sep

John Rawls

The refusal to take part in all war under any conditions is an unworldly view bound to remain a sectarian doctrine. It no more challenges the state's authority than the celibacy of priests challenges the sanctity of marriage.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Rawls

The fundamental criterion for judging any procedure is the justice of its likely results.