A Theory of Justice Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a Totalitarian state?

2. What does Rawls admit might happen within his just society?

3. What did wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously say about Democracy?

4. What year was Adam Smith born?

5. What does Rawls think will have to be secured to keep the society a just one?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the second principle that the Original Position ensures?

2. What is the first principle that the Original Position ensures?

3. In what way does Rawls admit that inequalities can be endured in his system?

4. What has to be used to ensure the two principles of justice?

5. How does the Original Position not account for second- or later generations?

6. What are the limits of human freedom, according to the Two Principles of Justice?

7. In what way does the Original Position ensure the two principles of justice?

8. Why are the limits of human freedom according to the Two Principles of Justice essentially a form of social contract?

9. Who decides the limits of human liberty, according to the Two Principles of Justice?

10. What form must the protection of disadvantaged people come from?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Rawls’ theory of the Social Contract place faith in the Individual or in the Society?

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate your own society in accordance with the principles of Justice as Fairness put forth by Rawls. To what extent is it a just society in its basic political and legal structure? In what ways do you consider it an unjust society?

Essay Topic 3

Rousseau once stated that man is 'given rights when his liberties are taken away'. Evaluate this remark with light to Rawls' theories.

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