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    I'm not surprised that I under-stated Deontological, that being not my medium so much. The one thing I noticed from my scan of your linked article is Rawls talking about a "well-ordered society", by which he did not mean what a fascist would mean by that phrase. So would you say he appealed to a "duty" to society at large?

    •  Not so much a duty to society (0+ / 0-)

      but a duty to do what is right because it is right. His theory of justice grows out of Kant's deontology, which is equally interesting (but, being a product of a wealthy 18th-century European male, seriously flawed by a particular perspective of privilege).

      Rawls takes a somewhat different approach from Kant's in establishing what is right - his original position differs slightly from Kant's Kingdom of Ends and serves a different purpose - but it's very closely related.

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 08:17:22 AM PDT

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