In Political Liberalism, John Rawls clarifies the differences between general theories of human nature and his model of justice. Unlike most philosophers in the Western tradition, Rawls does not place the subject of justice within a comprehensive theory of human behavior. His conception of justice rests solely on a unique "construct" called the "liberal political conception" (LPC). Rawls claims that his freestanding LPC, if adopted by citizens of a constitutional democracy, could unite reasonable persons otherwise divided by their ideologies. As a result,, citizens-given favorable conditions-enjoy the benefits of a stable, well-ordered society.
Gary C. Leedes,
Rawls's Excessively Secular Political Conception,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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