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11.3: Review and Discussion Questions

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    1. Explain Plato’s conception of justice. How does it differ from contemporary liberal views of justice?
    2. Why is Plato no fan of democracy?
    3. In what way does Locke see us as having a natural right to liberty?
    4. What is the function of government according to Locke and how is it justified?
    5. How does Locke justify property rights?
    6. Explain the tragedy of the commons and how it presents a challenge to a Lockean conception of property rights.
    7. How does the creation of wealth and property in our society differ from the idealized individualistic conception Locke offers?
    8. Explain Rawls' two principles of social justice as fairness.
    9. How does Rawls' employ the idea of the original position and the veil of ignorance in supporting his principles of social justice?
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