What does Rawls mean by a "veil of ignorance"? What purpose does it serve? Illustrate how the technique might be used in solving an issue of justice.
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According to Rawls, the veil of ignorance is a symbolic shield of a person's sex, race, nationality or individual taste, virtually all personal biases and prejudices. Behind this shield, "all individuals are simply specified as rational, free, and morally equal beings"(Kay, 1997). Rawls suggested that this veil be used to determine the fundamental principles of society, since it would be fair and unbiased. It would allow individuals to be aware of the "general facts of human society such as political affairs and the principles of economic theory" (Rawls, 1971), but unaware of any particular facts about themselves that ...
This solution discusses what Rawls means by a "veil of ignorance" and the purpose it serves. It illustrates how the technique might be used in solving an issue of justice. APA references are included.