Locke grew up and lived through one of the most extraordinary centuries of English political and intellectual history. It was a century in which conflicts between Crown and Parliament and the overlapping conflicts between Protestants, Anglicans and Catholics swirled into civil war in the s. This period lasted from to It was marked by continued conflicts between King and Parliament and debates over religious toleration for Protestant dissenters and Catholics.
References and Further Reading 1. Although his family was of comfortable means, his youth was twice marked by tragedy. In two successive years, his two younger brothers contracted an infectious disease from him—diphtheria in one case and pneumonia in the other—and died.
His remaining, older brother attended Princeton for undergraduate studies and was a great athlete. Rawls followed his brother to Princeton.
Although Rawls played baseball, he was, in later life at least, excessively modest about his success at that or at any other endeavor.
Rawls continued for his Ph. From them, he learned to avoid entanglement in metaphysical controversies when possible. Turning away from the then-influential program of attempting to analyze the meaning of the moral concepts, he replaced it with what was—for a philosopher—a more practically oriented task: Hart and Isaiah Berlin.
Hart had made progress in legal philosophy by connecting the idea of social practices with the institutions of the law.
Compare TJ at 48n. In Isaiah Berlin, Rawls met a brilliant historian of political thought—someone who, by his own account, had been driven away from philosophy by the aridity of mid-century conceptual analysis.
Berlin influentially traced the historical careers of competing, large-scale values, such as liberty which he distinguished as either negative or positive and equality. Not long after his time in Oxford, Rawls embarked on what was to become a life-long project of finding a coherent and attractive way of combining freedom and equality into one conception of political justice.
This project first took the form of a series of widely-discussed articles about justice published between and There he remained, being named a University Professor in Throughout his career, he devoted considerable attention to his teaching. In his lectures on moral and political philosophy, Rawls focused meticulously on great philosophers of the past—Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Mill, and others—always approaching them deferentially and with an eye to what we could learn from them.
Mentor to countless graduate students over the years, Rawls inspired many who have become influential interpreters of these philosophers. The initial publication of A Theory of Justice in brought Rawls considerable renown. A Theory of Justice a. Some social institutions can provoke envy and resentment.
Others can foster alienation and exploitation. Is there a way of organizing society that can keep these problems within livable limits? Can society be organized around fair principles of cooperation in a way the people would stably accept?
While fair institutions will influence the life chances of everyone in society, they will leave individuals free to exercise their basic liberties as they see fit within this fair set of rules.
Utilitarianism comes in various forms. The utilitarian idea, as Rawls confronts it, is that society is to be arranged so as to maximize the total or average aggregate utility or expected well-being.
In addition to developing that constructive alternative, however, Rawls also offered some highly influential criticisms of utilitarianism. His critique of average utilitarianism will be described below. The Original Position Recognizing that social institutions distort our views by sometimes generating envy, resentment, alienation, or false consciousness and bias matters in their own favor by indoctrinating and habituating those who grow up under themRawls saw the need for a justificatory device that would give us critical distance from them.
The OP is a thought experiment that asks: The Conditions and Purpose of the Original Position The OP, as Rawls designs it, self-consciously builds on the long social-contract tradition in Western political philosophy. While Rawls is most emphatic about this in his later work, for example, PL at 75, it is clear already in TJ.
He insists there that it is up to the theorist to construct the social-contract thought-experiment in the way that makes the most sense given its task of helping us select principles of justice.1.
Natural Law and Natural Rights.
Perhaps the most central concept in Locke’s political philosophy is his theory of natural law and natural rights. John Rawls (—) John Rawls was arguably the most important political philosopher of the twentieth century.
He wrote a series of highly influential articles in the s and ’60s that helped refocus Anglo-American moral and political philosophy on substantive problems about what we ought to do.
John Locke (b. , d. ) was a British philosopher, Oxford academic and medical researcher. Locke’s monumental An Essay Concerning Human Understanding () is one of the first great defenses of modern empiricism and concerns itself with determining the limits of human understanding in respect to a wide spectrum of topics.
John Rawls (—) John Rawls was arguably the most important political philosopher of the twentieth century. He wrote a series of highly influential articles in the s and ’60s that helped refocus Anglo-American moral and political philosophy on substantive problems about what we ought to do. John Rawls (—) John Rawls was arguably the most important political philosopher of the twentieth century. He wrote a series of highly influential articles in the s and ’60s that helped refocus Anglo-American moral and political philosophy on substantive problems about what we ought to do. Western philosophy - Renaissance philosophy: The philosophy of a period arises as a response to social need, and the development of philosophy in the history of Western civilization since the Renaissance has, thus, reflected the process in which creative philosophers have responded to the unique challenges of each stage in the .
It thus tells . Western Theories of Justice. Justice is one of the most important moral and political concepts.
The word comes from the Latin jus, meaning right or law. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the “just” person as one who typically “does what is morally right” and is disposed to “giving everyone his or her due,” offering the word “fair” as a synonym.
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The Republic (Greek: Πολιτεία, Politeia; Latin: Res Publica) is a Socratic dialogue, written by Plato around BC, concerning justice (δικαιοσύνη), the order and character of the just city-state, and the just man.
It is Plato's best-known work, and has proven to be one of the world's most influential works of philosophy and political theory, both intellectually and.