Rawls vs nozick

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Rawls vs nozick In our current society, the study of philosophy tends to be written off quite easily. Philosophy doesn't provide tangible results like engineering or science. It doesn't build bridges or cure diseases. It doesn't feed us or clothe us. It doesn't even make us laugh. Philosophers are rarely cited in the Australian media or asked to comment on specific issues. This seems to fuel the perception that philosophers are stuck in ivory towers (or at least behind the crumbling walls of sandstone universities), tucked away from the real world and hidden in a realm of abstract thinking. However not all philosophy is scorned or ignored. Recently, the Wachowski brothers' Matrix films popularised some of philosophy's traditional questions about knowledge by judiciously combining them with Keanu Reeves, digital fight scenes and extended car chases. In these films the big questions are put back on the agenda again. Can we trust our senses? Is our entire life just an illusion? Is the real world run by evil machines who constantly deceive us (or does the Australian public service have another function)? However whilst questions of knowledge are once again popular, I would like to argue that the philosophies of government and politics are central to political debate. How should governments work? What is their purpose? These questions underpin democracy itself and are of vast importance to society as a whole. At first glance this debate may look quite boring, so Webdiary readers who would like to submit ideas for a Matrix-style film, outlining the contours of political philosophy are welcome to respond (let's face it, most philosophy does require some sexing-up). Until then however, here are some musings of my own. These are centred around two American philosophers who have dominated the landscape of political philosophy over the last 30 years. Most people who have studied policy, distributive justice or government know about an American philosopher called John Rawls . Born in 1921 and educated at Princeton, he published his seminal work in 1971, entitled A Theory of Justice
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This note was uploaded on 05/25/2011 for the course ECON 1001 taught by Professor Donaldberry during the Spring '09 term at UCL.

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