Outline of a Decision Procedure for Ethics

John Rawls, "Outline of a Decision Procedure for Ethics," Philosophical Review 60 (1951): 177–97.

The question with which we shall be concerned can be stated as follows: Does there exist a reasonable decision procedure which is sufficiently strong, at least in some cases, to determine the manner in which competing interests should be adjudicated, and, in instances of conflict, one interest given preference over another; and, further, can the existence of this procedure, as well as its reasonableness, be established by rational methods of inquiry?

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