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Analyse & Kritik

Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory

Ed. by Baurmann, Michael / Leist, Anton / Tranow, Ulf

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Volume 35, Issue 1


Property-Owning Democracy and the Difference

Samuel Freeman
Published Online: 2016-02-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-2013-0103


John Rawls says: “The main problem of distributive justice is the choice of a social system.” Property-owning democracy is the social system that Rawls thought best realized the requirements of his principles of justice. This article discusses Rawls’s conception of property-owning democracy and how it is related to his difference principle. I explain why Rawls thought that welfare-state capitalism could not fulfill his principles: it is mainly because of the connection he perceived between capitalism and utilitarianism.

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Published Online: 2016-02-11

Published in Print: 2013-05-01

Citation Information: Analyse & Kritik, Volume 35, Issue 1, Pages 9–36, ISSN (Online) 2365-9858, ISSN (Print) 0171-5860, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-2013-0103.

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