Moral Law Theories of Royce, King & Rawls

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What characterized the American schools of philosophy?

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1. According to Josiah Royce, what the highest moral duty a person has?

2. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was philosophically focused on justice. According to his theories, how did this mean he had to respond to the injustice of racial segregation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz, we've included a collection of self-assessment questions designed to test your understanding of the moral theories of King, Rawls and Royce. Take a few minutes to answer these questions about Royce's take on the highest moral duty, Rawls on the social contract and King's response to the injustice of racial segregation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

When you answer these questions, you'll test your ability to:

  • Detail the main characteristic of the American schools of philosophy
  • Explain the highest moral duty of a person, according to Josiah Royce
  • Outline the response of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to racial segregation from a philosophical perspective
  • Define the theory of the social contract
  • Discuss how John Rawls determined whether or not this social contract was kept

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's responses to racial segregation in a different light
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the moral theories of Rawls, King and Royce
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can correctly explain the social contract theory

Additional Learning

These thinkers are covered in more depth in our lesson titled Moral Law Theories of Royce, King & Rawls. Take a look at this lesson to work towards the following objectives:

  • Explain who led schools of American philosophy
  • Define 'deontology' and name which philosopher supported the concept
  • Discuss Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s background and education in philosophy
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