Some of you may recall that I wrote a series of blog posts criticizing Rawls’s idea of a property-owning democracy and the arguments offered for it. I received enough good feedback that I decided to turn the posts into a much more focused and measured journal article. I was fortunate enough that Philosophical Studies has decided to […]
One of Rawls’s best papers is “Two Concepts of Rules”. I’m going to discuss one aspect of it here. I’m assuming you’ve read the paper, or at least read a good summary of it. If not, this post will seem obtuse.
Rawls points out that there is a distinction between justifying a particular move within […]
Obviously people on this blog like both Hayek and social justice. One thing we sometimes observe is that Hayek made kind remarks about Rawls’s conception of justice in Volume II of Law, Legislation and Liberty despite the fact that the book is devoted to showing that the idea of social justice doesn’t make any sense. […]
I initially wrote a post explaining why I think libertarians should take Rawls seriously. But then I realized I understand Rawls pretty differently than most BHL readers. For instance, I think the Difference Principle is dispensable from Rawls’s philosophical project. You probably don’t think this. In fact, when most of you hear “Rawls” you think […]
In my on-going series on Property-Owning Democracy (POD), I have explained the idea of a POD, examined the case for POD and argued that POD is unworkable. In this post, I shall argue that POD is unjust on Rawlsian grounds. I will make two arguments to this effect:
(1) The […]