Did John Rawls believe in complete equality?

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No, Rawls (1921–2002) was not an advocate of total “distributive justice” or the ideal that all members of society should receive equal amounts of everything. But he applied the standard of fairness to inequalities through his “difference principle:” inequalities must “be of the greatest benefit to the least-advantaged members of society.”


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