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Title: Kantian constructivism and Rawlsian egalitarianism
Author(s): Mattlage, Alan Roy
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Baron, Marcia
Department / Program: Law
Discipline: Philosophy
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Law
Political Science, General
Abstract: This dissertation examines John Rawls's claim that his theory of justice can avoid discussion of "deep metaphysical claims" which communitarians have alleged to be implicit in his theory. It shows that Rawls's Kantian Constructivism and his method of reflective equilibrium can only establish a priority of moral over non-moral considerations when attempting to resolve political-philosophical disputes.
The dissertation goes on to show that once metaphysical considerations are admitted into the debate over the proper theory of justice, a plausible theory of freedom argues for an thoroughgoing egalitarian interpretation of Rawls's principles of justice over a libertarian interpretation.
Issue Date: 1993
Type: Text
Language: English
Rights Information: Copyright 1993 Mattlage, Alan Roy
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI9411711
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI9411711

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