Analysis Of John Stuart Mill 's ' Veil Of Ignorance ' And ' The Classic Social Contract Theory

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This paper responds to prompt one of the week three Justice Theory essay assignment, and yields an evaluation through considering various internal and external materials from weeks one through three. Accordingly, the organization of this exploration concentrates on three areas of focus. First, this paper seeks to explain how the modern social contract theorist, John Rawls’, attempts to enhance the classic utilitarian views of John Stuart Mill, as well as the classic social contract theories of Thomas Hobbes and Jean Jacques Rousseau. Secondly, this evaluation posits how Rawls’ “veil of ignorance” and “difference principle” might apply to the socioeconomic issue of access (or, lack thereof) to health care in the United States. Specifically, this section relates these components to the United States Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as “Obamacare”. Finally, it presents the assumption that the social contract theory critic, Ward Churchill, would surmise that Rawls’ modifications to the utilitarian and classic social contract theories are irrelevant.
Setting the Context: Improvements to utilitarianism and the classic social contract theories
Throughout our history of social and political thought, the evaluation of the concepts of utility and social contracts are paramount considerations for the configuration of a just society and deciding viable forms of governance. Each perspective considers the state of human nature and derives a method for maintaining peace…

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