theory of justice

There has been much written on John Rawls’ Theory of Justice (1971). This is because the notion of justice is a contentious issue, particularly when one attempts to apply it to the global scale. This poses a question with no simple answer – can there be a universal theory of global justice in a world characterised by cultural, economic and political difference? Modern analytical philosophy stipulates that one can achieve definite answers, as it can be compared to the natural sciences. Yet, it should be understood that political philosophies are highly circumstantial in nature. In this essay I will explore John Rawls’ theory of domestic justice with a particular focus on the difference principle. Then, I will critically discuss the possibility of applying Rawls’ theory of difference in the global context. Finally, I will outline the challenges that a global application of distributive justice may pose through the ignorance of social and cultural context.

Analytical political philosophy is a term that is problematic because of analysis’ relation to logic by definition. Twentieth ce...

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