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Confucius, Rawls, and the Sense of Justice$
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Erin Cline

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823245086

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823245086.001.0001

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Two Senses of Justice

Two Senses of Justice

(p.168) Chapter 4 Two Senses of Justice
Confucius, Rawls, and the Sense of Justice

Erin M. Cline

Fordham University Press

Chapter 4 compares the senses of justice in Rawls and the Analects. It discusses some significant differences and similarities between the two accounts, with a special emphasis placed on the contrast between their aims and the general character of their views. It then turns to the question of why these differences and similarities are particularly instructive for philosophers studying Rawls, Confucius (Kongzi), the Analects, or the idea of a sense of justice, arguing that studying the idea of a sense of justice in Analects alongside a Rawlsian sense of justice highlights some important dimensions of Rawls's work that have been neglected and others that need further development and clarification. It further argues that Rawls's work can help us to better understand certain aspects of the view presented in the Analects. This chapter, then, helps to show how comparative philosophy can be worthwhile.

Keywords:   Rawls, Confucius, Kongzi, Analects, sense of justice, justice, comparative philosophy

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