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  •  Please read John Rawls. (2+ / 0-)
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    brooklynbadboy, Guy Fawkes

    You are attacking one of the pillar concepts of American liberalism. Rawls worked very hard to make the notion of "justice as fairness" philosophically precise. Absent philosophical analysis, every concept is "squishy." The answer is not to abandon concepts but rather to analyze their core features and make them more precise. It was Rawls' life's work to do that for the concept of "fairness", and he is perhaps the most important American political philosopher of the 20th century:

    There's nothing conservatives would like more than to have the core liberal idea of justice as fairness dismissed as squishy nonsense. Quite unintentionally, I assume, there's a diary on the dkos rec list attacking core liberal philosophical principles. Yikes.

    Passive renunciation is not the whole of wisdom.

    by play jurist on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:30:36 AM PST

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