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John Rawls Quotes: "The fairest rules are those to which everyone would agree if they did not know how much power they would have."

The fairest rules are those to which everyone would agree if they did not know how much power they would have.




John Rawls Quotes: "The bad man desires arbitrary power. What moves the evil man is the love of injustice."

The bad man desires arbitrary power. What moves the evil man is the love of injustice.




John Rawls Quotes: "An injustice is tolerable only when it is necessary to avoid an even greater injustice."

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



John Rawls Quotes: "Justice is happiness according to virtue."

Justice is happiness according to virtue.




John Rawls Quotes: "A society regulated by a public sense of justice is inherently stable."

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



John Rawls Quotes: "The principles of justice are chosen behind a veil of ignorance."

The principles of justice are chosen behind a veil of ignorance.



John Rawls Quotes: "The sense of justice is continuous with the love of mankind."

The sense of justice is continuous with the love of mankind.




John Rawls Quotes: "The intolerant can be viewed as free-riders, as persons who seek the advantages of just institutions while not doing their share to uphold them."

The intolerant can be viewed as free-riders, as persons who seek the advantages of just institutions while not doing their share to uphold them.



John Rawls Quotes: "Many of our most serious conflicts are conflicts within ourselves. Those who suppose their judgements are always consistent are unreflective or dogmatic."

Many of our most serious conflicts are conflicts within ourselves. Those who suppose their judgements are always consistent are unreflective or dogmatic.



John Rawls Quotes: "Liberal constitutional democracy is supposed to ensure that each citizen is free and equal and protected by basic rights and liberties."

Liberal constitutional democracy is supposed to ensure that each citizen is free and equal and protected by basic rights and liberties.



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

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



John Rawls Quotes: "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."

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.




John Rawls Quotes: "No one deserves his greater natural capacity nor merits a more favorable starting place in society."

No one deserves his greater natural capacity nor merits a more favorable starting place in society.



John Rawls Quotes: "Justice as fairness provides what we want."

Justice as fairness provides what we want.



John Rawls Quotes: "[E]ach person is to have an equal right to the most extensive basic liberty compatible with a similar liberty for others."

[E]ach person is to have an equal right to the most extensive basic liberty compatible with a similar liberty for others.



John Rawls Quotes: "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."

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.



John Rawls Quotes: "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."

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.



John Rawls Quotes: "Clearly when the liberties are left unrestricted they collide with one another."

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



John Rawls Quotes: "Thus I assume that to each according to his threat advantage is not a conception of justice."

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



John Rawls Quotes: "I'm concerned about the survival, historically, of constitutional democracy."

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



John Rawls Quotes: "It is of first importance that the military be subordinate to civilian government"

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



John Rawls Quotes: "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."

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.



John Rawls Quotes: "The fault of the utilitarian doctrine is that it mistakes impersonality for impartiality."

The fault of the utilitarian doctrine is that it mistakes impersonality for impartiality.



John Rawls Quotes: "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."

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.



John Rawls Quotes: "Justice is the first virtue of social institutions."

Justice is the first virtue of social institutions.



John Rawls Quotes: "The extreme nature of dominant-end views is often concealed by the vagueness and ambiguity of the end proposed."

The extreme nature of dominant-end views is often concealed by the vagueness and ambiguity of the end proposed.



John Rawls Quotes: "The fundamental criterion for judging any procedure is the justice of its likely results."

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



John Rawls Quotes: "If A were not allowed his better position, B would be even worse off than he is."

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



John Rawls Quotes: "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."

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.



John Rawls Quotes: "Religious faith is an important aspect of American culture and a fact of American political life."

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



John Rawls Quotes: "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."

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.



John Rawls Quotes: "Ideal legislators do not vote their interests."

Ideal legislators do not vote their interests.



John Rawls Quotes: "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."

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.



John Rawls Quotes: "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."

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.



John Rawls Quotes: "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."

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.



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

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



John Rawls Quotes: "Intuitionism is not constructive, perfectionism is unacceptable."

Intuitionism is not constructive, perfectionism is unacceptable.



John Rawls Quotes: "At best the principles that economists have supposed the choices of rational individuals to satisfy can be presented as guidelines for us to consider when we make our decisions."

At best the principles that economists have supposed the choices of rational individuals to satisfy can be presented as guidelines for us to consider when we make our decisions.



John Rawls Quotes: "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."

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.



John Rawls Quotes: "We may suppose that everyone has in himself the whole form of a moral conception."

We may suppose that everyone has in himself the whole form of a moral conception.



John Rawls Quotes: "A just system must generate its own support."

A just system must generate its own support.



John Rawls Quotes: "The hazards of the generalized prisoner's dilemma are removed by the match between the right and the good."

The hazards of the generalized prisoner's dilemma are removed by the match between the right and the good.



John Rawls Quotes: "A scheme is unjust when the higher expectations, one or more of them, are excessive. If these expectations were decreased, the situation of the less favored would be improved."

A scheme is unjust when the higher expectations, one or more of them, are excessive. If these expectations were decreased, the situation of the less favored would be improved.



John Rawls Quotes: "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."

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.



John Rawls Quotes: "Peace surely is a good reason, yes. But there are other reasons too."

Peace surely is a good reason, yes. But there are other reasons too.



John Rawls Quotes: "Public reason arguments can be good or bad just like other arguments."

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



John Rawls Quotes: "Citizens can have their own grounding in their comprehensive doctrines, whatever they happen to be."

Citizens can have their own grounding in their comprehensive doctrines, whatever they happen to be.



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

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



John Rawls Quotes: "There are infinitely many variations of the initial situation and therefore no doubt indefinitely many theorems of moral geometry."

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