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Single Idea 15676

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 1. Goodness / c. Right and good]

Full Idea

Rawls defends the thesis of the priority of the right over the good.

Gist of Idea

Rawls defends the priority of right over good


report of John Rawls (A Theory of Justice [1972]) by James Gordon Finlayson - Habermas Ch.7:100

Book Reference

Finlayson,James G.: 'Habermas' [OUP 2005], p.100

A Reaction

It depends whether you are talking about actions, or about states of affairs. I don't see how any state of affairs can be preferred to the good one. It may be that the highest duty of action is to do what is right, rather than to achieve what is good.