A Genealogical Approach to the Political

  • Andrius Bielskis


The first quotation of itself indicates a radical break with the way contemporary liberalism understands justice and politics. To refer the problem of justice to the question of the meaning of existence can hardly be the enterprise of a contemporary liberal. In A Theory of Justice Rawls deliberately avoids questions such as ‘What is the meaning of existence?’ because they are considered to be questions concerning values. Following Rawls, values are always within a particular conception of the good and thus cannot be the ground for justice since justice, as we have seen, requires fairness and impartiality between different conceptions of the good. It requires us to look at the social world through the veil of ignorance and presupposes the conception of the neutral state and deontological liberal politics.


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