Justice In Rawlsian Justice

1068 Words5 Pages
Justice, a concept that has been argued since the beginning of history, but what is justice. This idea has changed throughout time, whether that be an eye for an eye, leave no debt unpaid, or modern times, in which sentences are handed out in response to how horrific the crime was. Justice has forever been changing, and has taken many definitions, but John Rawls came to know it as this idea of fairness. This idea of fairness is center around an idea of cooperation and through this cooperation, which he further explains as, “Indeed a central element of the terms of cooperation is what Rawls terms “reciprocity”, involving evaluations of benefits and respect to publicly affirmed benchmark of “equality” (Bradford 614). Thus, the debate of whether…show more content…
A key idea in Rawlsian justice is fairness, in this social vision it is important that everyone throughout society benefits from the share cooperation not just a few. Several ideas that touched on this were presented throughout the article one being the orchestra in which it takes all the individuals working together with their instruments to, “achieve the mutually desired goal of playing a piece of music well” (Bradford 615). This idea was later connected to the idea that cooperation is necessary for group survival, which relies on a individual not only having understanding of the ‘rational good’ that is that motivation for cooperation, but also understanding the idea of fairness and reciprocation that governs cooperation (Bradford 615). However, the social vision of neoclassical economics varies greatly from this belief and does not assure any sort of fairness in its system and actually acknowledges the lack of fairness that will be…show more content…
This idea is drawn upon by Koopman and his “autarkic farmer” in which he explains that not all will be able to trade in this environment and by that idea no be able to survive (Bradford 617, 621). Koopman tries to explain this survival problem by saying that some farmers will not trade and will be self-sufficient, but this idea would argue that everyone in the system could do this and thus there would be no need for any interacting (Bradford 617). This lack of interactions as well as a chance of not everyone surviving goes directly against the social vision that is Rawlsian’s theory of justice. I would argue that this idea of a need of fairness and cooperation in the market system connects nicely with that of the
Open Document