Rawls’ “Democratic Interpretation” of the Principle of Justice


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Rawls' "Democratic Interpretation" of the Principle of Justice
Rawls argues that the “democratic interpretation” of the principle of justice is the best interpretation, whereby there is a balance between benefit and equality. Specifically, Rawls was interested in ensuring that the notion of justice would be fair, and would take into consideration both the interests of those who did not have political or social advantages, but also the necessity of liberty in society as a whole. The democratic interpretation lends itself to favour equality of opportunity over liberty of opportunity, in that it offers an analysis of the application of justice which may be utilized to serve those who may not have access to power. Rawls demonstrates that any...
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.....e person from their attributes, so there may be, as well, a reason to separate a person from their actions, which are naturally connected to their assets (or lack thereof). The democratic interpretation of this principle of justice can therefore demonstrate that it is not the person that must be given opportunity or judgement, but the structure of the society or community which produces individuals with or without power, assets, or principles.
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