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John RawlsHis Life and Theory of Justice$
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Thomas Pogge

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195136364

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136364.001.0001

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 The Second Principle of Justice

 The Second Principle of Justice

(p.106) Six The Second Principle of Justice
John Rawls

Thomas Pogge

, Michelle Kosch
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the second principle of justice, which is made up of the opportunity principle and the difference principle. The difference principle and how it is meant to operate as an element of the basic structure is illustrated in detail, and supplemented with an example of how it might be applied to a hypothetical society. What the opportunity principle entails and why its lexical priority over the difference principles might be agreed to in the original position are described. Differences in different social regimes are considered in terms of how well they would satisfy Rawls's criterion.

Keywords:   fair equality of opportunity, opportunity principle, difference principle

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