John Rawls' 'A Theory of Justice'


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A very brief way to sum up Rawls' approach to justice is the phrase:

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1. To what domain did Rawls direct his views of justice?

2. Which of the following is the best way to sum up the focus of Rawls' principles of justice?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

John Rawls was a 20th Century American philosopher who is best known for his contributions to political philosophy. The assessment attached to this lesson will go over Rawls's most influential work, A Theory of Justice. Some things you'll be tested on include summaries of Rawls's views on justice and the veil of ignorance.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Rawls's approach to justice
  • The domain towards which Rawls directed his views on justice
  • The focus of his principles of justice
  • The veil of ignorance

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - use the assessment to check that you can accurately recall Rawls's views on justice as espoused in A Theory of Justice
  • Reading comprehension - make sure that you have understood how Rawls presents his theory of justice, and how he argues for determining justice in the political realm
  • Knowledge application - apply the knowledge you've gained on John Rawls to answer questions on A Theory of Justice and the veil of ignorance as they pertain to Rawls's political philosophy

Additional Learning

There is also a corresponding lesson called John Rawls's A Theory of Justice. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Rawls's views on justice
  • Social contracts
  • The original position and the veil of ignorance
  • Equal opportunities