How can a society make its citizens just?

  • Hennie Lotter Department of Philosophy Rand Afrikaans University


How can citizens be made just? I focus on how modern constitutional democracies can entice, convince, and guide their citizens to become just. I rely chiefly on Rawls's theory of justice (1971), as well as the work of sociologist Derek L. Phil lips. I argue that internal control by citizens themselves is the best option. This view is attractive because every citizen can play a part in establishing and maintaining the public conception of justice by being role models, engaging in dialogue with fellow citizens, or by simply doing their part in maintaining just institutions. S. Afr. J. Philos. Vol.20(1) 2001: 90- 101

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