Title page for ETD etd-05052001-142406

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Jones, Clinton W.
URN etd-05052001-142406
Title Rawls, Liberalism, and Leisure
Degree Master of Arts
Department Philosophy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
FitzPatrick, William J. Committee Chair
Klagge, James C. Committee Member
White, Stephen K. Committee Member
  • Taxation
  • Justice
  • Leisure
  • Liberalsim
  • Rawls
Date of Defense 2001-05-03
Availability unrestricted
There is a tension within liberalism between the ideal of equality on the one hand and the respect for freedom (in the form of non-interference) on the other. I shall try to show that in liberalism?s efforts to simultaneously realize its goals of freedom and equality it must ultimately settle for less than the ideal of each. Since Rawls? theory of justice is a liberal one, it suffers from this tension as well. However Rawls? theory has also been accused of forcing some members of society to subsidizing the choices of others. I shall argue that one of the more recent attempts to defend his theory, by Walter Schaller, against such accusations, falls short of its goals. I shall also argue that Rawls? suggestion, in Political Liberalism, that a principle guaranteeing a social minimum ?may easily precede? the principle guaranteeing the basic liberties, should be rejected because it does not provide adequate protection of the basic liberties, especially freedom of the person.
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