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Rawls on the Human Condition

As a lecturer of the Philosophy of the Human person, I cannot help but recall the basic topics I cover in class as I read though Chapter 3 of A Theory of Justice, particularly in section 22, where Rawls presents “The Circumstances of Justice.” In the said section, Rawls lays out his basic assumptions on what kinds of subjects make-up a society where cooperation among them is possible and necessary, or in other words, he gives us a brief account of the human condition. This section is important for Rawls because this is where he lays in a Kantian fashion the groundwork of any possible conception of justice; and since the justice aimed for is human justice, Rawls first has to describe, be it in outline, the “background conditions” of this being which seeks and needs justice—that is, the human being. And that makes sense: if a human society aims to have cooperation among its members in order to achieve justice, we have to first inquire about the nature of these members before we ask abou…