PRIMARY GOODS AND PROMOTING INDIVIDUALISM

Document Type : Research Paper

Author

Assistant Professor, Political Department, University of Tehran, Iran

Abstract

According to Rawls, lack of information and knowledge behind the veil of
ignorance necessitates the existence of Primary Goods. He outlines several
subjective and objective reasons to back his argument for the necessity of Primary
Goods as a fair and neutral element. This article discusses Rawls’s argument for
such necessity while at the same time argues that the “Primary Goods” listed by
Rawls promote a specific type of political culture and that is “individualism.”

Keywords


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Volume 44, Issue 4 - Serial Number 4
January 2015
Pages 875-891
  • Receive Date: 06 April 2014
  • Revise Date: 09 June 2015
  • Accept Date: 30 August 2014
  • First Publish Date: 22 December 2014