For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

References for Theme: Rawls Citations

  • Rawls, John
    • A Theory of Justice (1971)
      (p.107) It follows that the confident sense of their own worth should be sought for the least favored and this limits the forms of hierarchy and the degrees of inequality that justice permits. Thus, for example, resources for education are not to be allotted solely or necessarily mainly according to their return as estimated in productive trained abilities, but also according to their worth in enriching the personal and social life of citizens.
    • A Theory of Justice (1971)
      (p.441) For while it is true that unless our endeavors are appreciated by our associates it is impossible for us to maintain the conviction that they are worthwhile, it is true that others tend to value them only if what we do elicits their admiration or gives them pleasure… Moreover, associative ties strengthen the second aspect of self-esteem, since they tend to reduce the likelihood of failure and to provide support against the sense of self-doubt when mishaps occur… Normally suffices that for each person there is some association (one or more) to which he belongs and within which the activities...
    • A Theory of Justice (1971)
      (p.442) what is necessary is that there should be for each person at least one community of shared interests to which he belongs and where he finds his endeavors confirmed by his associates.
    • A Theory of Justice (1971)
      (p.529) As a final comment, I should note that a well-ordered society does not do away with the division of labor in the most general sense. To be sure, the worst aspects of this division can be surmounted: no one need to be servilely dependent on others and made to choose between monotonous and routine occupations which are deadening to human thought and sensibility.
    • A Theory of Justice (1971)
    • "The priority of right and ideas of the good" (1988)
      (p.257) those who surf all day off Malibu must find a way to support themselves and would not be entitled to public fund
    • Political Liberalism (1993)
    • Political Liberalism (1996)
      (p.5) Social and economic inequalities are to satisfy to conditions: first, they are to be attached to positions and offices open to all under conditions of fair equality of opportunity; and second, they are to be to the greatest benefit of the least advantaged members of society.
    • Political Liberalism (1996)
      (p.lix) Society as employer of last resort through general or local government, or other social and economic policies. Lacking a sense of long-term security and the opportunity for meaningful work and occupation is not only destructive of citizen’s self-respect but of their sense that they are members of society and not simply caught in it. This leads to self-hatred, bitterness, and resentment.
    • A Theory of Justice. Revised Edition (1999)
      (p.130) Society should take into account economic efficiency and the requirements of organization and technology. If there are inequalities in income and wealth, and differences in authority and degrees of responsibility, that work to make everyone better off in comparison with the benchmark of equality, why not permit them?
    • Collected Papers (1999)
      (p.366) Powers and prerogatives of offices of responsibility are needed to give scope to various self-governing and social capacities of the self.
    • "Social Unity and Primary Goods" (1999)
    • Justice as Fairness: A Restatement (2001)
    • The Law of Peoples: With "The Idea of Public Reason Revisited" (2001)
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