Social Primary Goods
Forthcoming in Cambridge Rawls Lexicon, ed J. Mandle and D. Reidy. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 2014, pp 643-647.
5 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2015
Date Written: August 12, 2011
Rawls’ theory of justice concerns the scope of required equalities and permitted inequalities engendered by the basic social structure (BS) of a society. This subject requires an index of benefits and burdens that allows publicly accessible interpersonal comparisons of citizens’ well-being, in the relevant sense, among representative members of various social groups. Rawls’ answer is to focus on how the basic structure of society distributes Social primary goods. The entry discusses this account.
Keywords: Rawls, justice, goods, distribution
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