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Isn't his position more: " IF people are rational, then they will choose in this way" rather than that all people ARE rational.  Cf.:

"Rawls claims that rational people (not everybody, TW) will unanimously adopt his principles of justice if their reasoning is based on general considerations, without knowing anything about their own personal situation."

http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/~piccard/entropy/rawls.html

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Sat Aug 21st, 2010 at 06:25:01 PM EST
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That's what I get for going by memory - it's been 20 years since I read Rawls - and not doublechecking.

Thank you.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Aug 21st, 2010 at 06:30:23 PM EST
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Assuming that summary is accurate, it looks like something else he missed was the co-option principle - any philosophy or world view can be rewritten and reinterpreted to support neo-liberal values, and will be rewritten without notice.

We're forever quoting Smith's more socialist leanings, but to the neo-liberals the statue matters more than the words or ideas.

Obama seems to be more interested in collecting sculpture than planting new forests.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Aug 21st, 2010 at 06:53:04 PM EST
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I don't know why you say "ANOTHER thing he missed" - ATinNM agrees that his accusation was not well-founded.

As to your "co-option principle", I don't know why you assume it's something he "missed" - I suspect he would probably agree that others might well rewrite or reinterpret what he had said to argue something far different from his conclusions. I'm also pretty sure that he would argue why he thought that in such cases they were not really being rational.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Sun Aug 22nd, 2010 at 04:58:29 PM EST
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By the way, my respect to you for just putting your hand up - even thanking me! I did try to put the point in a somewhat less confrontational way than is often my style :-)

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 at 04:37:01 PM EST
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