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The veil of ignorance

Updated Thursday, 2nd April 2015

This animation debates one of the most searching ideas of legal thought: John Rawls' assertion of the value of a veil of ignorance.

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The Veil Of Ignorance - What’s your blueprint for a just society? Your answer probably reflects who you are and the situation you find yourself in. If you’re rich, you may well be in favour of the freedom to earn and enjoy the fruits of your efforts; if you’re poor you’re likely to be more supportive of a system that redistributes wealth.

John Rawls argued it might be more just to construct this blueprint from behind a 'veil of ignorance'. Find out how in this 2 minute animation.

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