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Single Idea 21051

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 3. Universalisability]

Full Idea

To check whether we are following public reason we might ask: how would our argument strike us presented in the form of a supreme court opinion?

Gist of Idea

Check your rationality by thinking of your opinion pronounced by the supreme court


John Rawls (Politcal Liberalism [1993], p.254), quoted by Michael J. Sandel - Justice: What's the right thing to do? 10

Book Reference

Sandel,Michael J.: 'Justice: what's the right thing to do?' [Penguin 2010], p.249

A Reaction

A very nice practical implementation of Kantian universalisability. How would your opinion sound if it were written into a constitution?