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Business Ethics: John Rawls' Theory of Justice

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John Rawls discusses the principles of justice and fairness in the distribution of opportunities and hardships. Rawls' full Theory of Justice as Fairness is a useful tool for ethical decision making. Use the Internet to research John Rawls' Theory of Justice as Fairness. (See attachment. feel free to use internet as well.)

Once you have researched Rawls' Theory of Justice as Fairness, complete the following:

*Summarize the concept of the 'original position

*Summarize the concept of the 'veil of ignorance

*Apply both concepts to an issue in today's society that you feel is important.

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* Summarize the concept of the original position.

Rawl's original position is a societal theory that places the representatives in a society behind a "veil of ignorance" in order to allow for them to make decisions. These decisions will be based on justice and fairness for all in this theory based on the fact the representatives will have a lack of its society's desires and talents along with their shortcomings. This will drive decisions based strictly on what all individuals need to survive without a bias to benefit one group or another... in essence a completely "fair" society. The original position assumes that representatives who are establishing this societal structure will establish an equally fair system based on their being shrouded behind the veil of ignorance does ...

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The original position assumes that representatives who are establishing this societal structure will establish an equally fair system based on their being shrouded behind the veil of ignorance which does not allow them to know their true positions; therefore, they will make everything equal to assure themselves a fair position ( Rawls, 1971).

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