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    John Rawls’s move from A Theory of Justice to Political Liberalism was motivated by his dissatisfaction with the account of stability offered in part III of Theory. Even members of Rawls’s well-ordered society need the assurance that, should they choose to maintain their sense of justice, others will do the same—members prefer to cooperate, but only if they are reasonably sure of others’ cooperation. This is the mutual assurance problem for stability. In recent for years, a growing number of the…Read more
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    Cosmopolitans like Gillian Brock, Charles Beitz, and Thomas Pogge argue that the principles of justice selected and arranged in lexical priority in Rawls’ first original position would—and should for the same reasons as in the first—also be selected in Rawls’ second original position. After all, the argument goes, what reasons other than morally arbitrary ones do we have for selecting a second set of principles? A different, though undoubtedly related, point of contention is the cosmopolitan cha…Read more
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    Defense of Rawls: A Reply to Brock
    Res Cogitans 4 (1): 181-188. 2007.
    Cosmopolitans like Gillian Brock, Charles Beitz, and Thomas Pogge argue that the principles of justice selected and arranged in lexical priority in Rawls’ first original position would—and should for the same reasons as in the first—also be selected in Rawls’ second original position. After all, the argument goes, what reasons other than morally arbitrary ones do we have for selecting a second set of principles? A different, though undoubtedly related, point of contention is the cosmopolitan cha…Read more