(1) In your own words, how would you define androcentrism?
Androcentrism is the social construction that masculinity represents the positive and
desirable aspects of human life. This extends to the use of men or man as a neutral
pronoun to descri
(1) In ch. 1, Mill says that the goal of On Liberty is to defend one very simple principle.
What is that principle?
The only reason societies can interfere with the rights of individual liberty is through compulsion
and control for the
(1) Briefly summarize Sandels argument for the claim that family is beyond
justice (pp. 26-28).
The family is beyond justice because the family is on a higher moral plane than concepts
of justice. This is because justice only operated when there
(1) What is the liberal aspiration to neutrality (JR 328f., 362f.)?
The liberal aspiration to neutrality is the concept that the government should not legislate
morality because morality is dependent on personal preference, thus not truly open to
(1) What does the principle of "socialist equality of opportunity" require? How does
it differ from Rawls' second principle (if it does at all)? (section II)
The principle of socialist equality of opportunity requires the removal of nat
(1) What is Nozicks principle of justice in acquisition? (cf. The Proviso, p. 178)
It comes from the Locke's theory of property where an individual owns his labor and
effort. If this labor was to interact with an unowned portion of the natural wo
(1) Briefly explain Nozicks Entitlement Theory of Justice. When are a persons holdings
just? (JR 60 f.)
Nozick's Entitlement Theory of Justice involves the transfer and ownership of property
from a principle of justice. A person's holding's just
(1) What is the basic moral idea of "luck egalitarianism"?
The basic moral idea of luck egalitarianism is that injustice comes from the natural
inequality in the distribution of luck. Specifically, it attempts to eliminate luck (or
chance) from h
(1) Exactly what kind of knowledge does the veil of ignorance rule out? (JR 219220)?
The veil of ignorance involves removing knowledge that differentiates individuals party
to the original positions, specifically their place in society, class pos
Jan 31 Reading Questions
(1) What is the "original position"? What role does it play in Rawls theory of justice
The original position is the theoretical place from where individuals can decide the
principles of justice from a place