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Foundations of a Nonideal Theory of Justice

Marcus Arvan

University of Tampa

August 11, 2011

This paper systematically extends John Rawls' original position to nonideal theory, showing how parties to a "nonideal original position" ought to prioritize four "nonideal primary goods" over Rawls' principles and priority relations, and then agree to five lexically ordered principles of nonideal theory for distributing those goods. Finally, these five principles are shown to fare very well in reflective equilibrium, cohering with a number of pretheoretic moral intuitions.

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Date posted: September 16, 2010 ; Last revised: August 1, 2014

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Arvan, Marcus, Foundations of a Nonideal Theory of Justice (August 11, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1677569 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1677569

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