New PDF release: James Buchanan

By David Reisman (auth.)

ISBN-10: 1137427183

ISBN-13: 9781137427182

ISBN-10: 1349491055

ISBN-13: 9781349491056

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46 Social Justice: Buchanan and Rawls 47 The winners and the losers are defined by a tournament played according to the rules.

To appeal to considerations of justice is to appeal to relevant rules. Talk of justice without reference to those rules is meaningless’ (CW X, 108). Normatively and logically, the rules come first. 46 Social Justice: Buchanan and Rawls 47 The winners and the losers are defined by a tournament played according to the rules.

A spoiled conscience stays his hand. Moral constraint remains an essential input in a nation’s production function. Without agreed-upon rules we would surely fight. The common map is self-validating. Not the ex cathedra pronouncement of some nervous apocalyptic, what is ethically sound is no more than the cultural norms, learnt, situated and historical. Right and wrong are not an impulse buy. Different societies have different patterns. Central to any set of morals will, however, be the ‘respect for individual rights, once these are defined in law and/or customary standards of behavior’ (CW XIX, 131).

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