The Motley Fool Discussion Boards

Previous Page

Politics & Current Events / Libertarian Fools

URL:  http://boards.fool.com/i-recently-learned-about-john-rawls-idea-of-an-30210612.aspx

Subject:  Re: Week 2 Reading: Locke's The Second Treatise Date:  8/17/2012  3:13 PM
Author:  tabs101 Number:  23702 of 23781

I recently learned about John Rawls idea of an original position.

Until I read a post today (http://mattbruenig.com/2012/06/20/why-does-everyone-misunder...) comparing social contract theory to the original position (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_position), I hadn't viewed the social contract theory in the same hypothetical way as Rawls's idea.


I need to remember that all of this philosophical thought is looking for a foundation, a place to begin. If concepts such as justice and right vs. wrong mean anything they must be measured against something.
Often, when reading a philosophical text, the author's tone is as if his/her ideas are absolute, objective truth. More often not, I think this is because they assume their readers are sophisticated enough to understand the philosophical approach, something I am still trying to adjust to.

Hobbes started with a social contract theory and ended up reaching the conclusion that absolute monarchy was the most desirable form of government.
Copyright 1996-2014 trademark and the "Fool" logo is a trademark of The Motley Fool, Inc. Contact Us