Notes

  • 1. The primary goods are the basic rights and liberties, freedom of movement, and free choice, among a wide range of occupations; the powers of offices and positions of responsibility; the social bases of self-respect (Rawls, 2001).
  • 2. Rawls refers to the subjects of his theory of justice as “citizens.”
  • 3. Clearly the concept of equality in ancient Greece, where women were excluded from political gatherings and where slavery was allowed, is very different if not altogether divorced from what we normatively perceive as equality in the context of this manuscript.
  • 4. http://www.constitution.org/jl/2ndtreat.htm
  • 5. Dworkin himself finds his conception of justice different than that of Rawls and disagrees with Rawls’s “difference principle” (Dworkin, 2002, p. 113) as he sees the Rawlsian principle as being insensitive to any other disadvantages in society beyond economic hardship. However, in our eyes, that disagreement does not affect the ability to use Dworkin’s analysis of the relationship between freedom and equality in our study.
 
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