Private Gain vs. Public Good pt 2

Private Gain vs. Public Good pt 2 - PrivateGainvs.PublicGood

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Private Gain vs. Public Good The Procedural Republic Atomism Justice as a Virtue
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Private Gain vs. Public Good • Sandel: – Three observations regarding the minimalist Liberal state: • There is a philosophical attractiveness to this paradigm • The priority given to rights over the public good ultimately fails • It is the prevalent concept in western culture – Why does the Liberal paradigm fail? • Two competing paradigms of justice: – Justice as a concept dependent on specific purposes and ends – Justice as a concept of mediating between various, competing,   particular purposes and ends
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Private Gain vs. Public Good • Justice as a concept of mediating between various,  competing,  particular purposes and ends: – Kant maintains that justice entails a principle that does not  presuppose any particular ends, thereby allowing individuals  to pursue their own ends “consistent with a similar freedom  for all” – This practically means that there can be  no basis  upon which  rights are established because the moral law underpinning  those rights must be free from and unencumbered by particular  ends – The moral law, according to Kant, must be founded on the 
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2012 for the course POL 2 taught by Professor Robertbrown during the Fall '05 term at Riverside Community College.

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Private Gain vs. Public Good pt 2 - PrivateGainvs.PublicGood

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