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Revisiting John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice

Covid-19 has shown some of the limitations of the lauded intellectual's philosophy, writes Jesse Norman. But A Theory of Justice is a monumental achievement

Imagine a human society not so very different from our own, on which a cataclysm is about to fall. Thousands, perhaps millions, of people will die. Many others will lead shorter and less happy lives; the financial and human costs will be felt for decades, if not forever. Looking in from the outside, and thinking in terms of big…

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