Capitalism, Socialism, and Justice: Reflections on Rawls’ Theory of Justice

  • Kai Nielsen


Some key features of a Marxist critique of Rawls’ theory of justice are articulated and probed. Without challenging Rawls’ fundamental ideals of equal liberty and an equality of self-respect, it is argued that only in a socialist society could such ideals be reasonably approximated. Rawls’ own assumptions of what constitute realistic social expectations are in conflict with his own principles of justice. If society must be as Rawls pictures it, then his principles of justice can have not even approximate application.


Income Inequality Social Theory Public Affair Capitalist Society Capitalist System 
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