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The Savings Problem in the Original Position : Assessing and Revising a Model

Brandstedt, Eric LU (2017) In Canadian Journal of Philosophy 47(2-3). p.269-289
Abstract (Swedish)
The common conception of justice as reciprocity seemingly is inapplicable to relations between non-overlapping generations. This is a challenge also to John Rawls’s theory of justice as fairness. This text responds to this by way of reinterpreting and developing Rawls’s theory. First, by examining the original position as a model, some revisions of it are shown to be wanting. Second, by drawing on the methodology of constructivism, an alternative solution is proposed: an amendment to the primary goods named ‘sustainability of values’. This revised original position lends support to intergenerational justice as fairness.
Abstract
The common conception of justice as reciprocity seemingly is inapplicable to relations between non-overlapping generations. This is a challenge also to John Rawls’s theory of justice as fairness. This text responds to this by way of reinterpreting and developing Rawls’s theory. First, by examining the original position as a model, some revisions of it are shown to be wanting. Second, by drawing on the methodology of constructivism, an alternative solution is proposed: an amendment to the primary goods named ‘sustainability of values’. This revised original position lends support to intergenerational justice as fairness.
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Intergenerational justice, Fairness, The original position, Models, Rawls, Constructivism, Sustainability of values, intergenerational justice, fairness, The original position, models, Rawls, constructivism, Sustainability of values
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Canadian Journal of Philosophy
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47
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2-3
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21 pages
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Taylor & Francis
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1911-0820
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10.1080/00455091.2016.1250202
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2-3},
  pages        = {269--289},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Canadian Journal of Philosophy},
  title        = {The Savings Problem in the Original Position : Assessing and Revising a Model},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00455091.2016.1250202},
  volume       = {47},
  year         = {2017},
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