Rawls’ neocontractualism

Thadeu Weber


The aim of this paper is to indicate some aspects that could characterize the neocontractualism in Rawls’s Theory of Justice. The work begins by raising the problem of a political conception of justice and shows the conditions for a fair procedure aiming at a fair outcome. It analyzes the principles of justice, making explicit the essential constitutional elements and emphasizing the guarantee of the satisfaction of citizens’ basic needs, the so-called “social minimum”, which is here named “existential minimum”. It highlights the insufficiency of such “minimum” for the full exercise of citizenship and discusses its expansion through the idea of primary goods. Lastly, the paper discusses the priority of the fair over the good, showing its importance for an agreement concerning a political conception of justice.

Keywords: neocontractualism, justice, existential minimum, primary goods.

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