Vol 1 No 2 (2017)

Proof Rather Than Persuasion: A Discussion of Metaphysics in Rawlsian Political Theory

Published October 10, 2017
  • Rawls,
  • metaphysics,
  • public discourse,
  • veil of ignorance,
  • ideal theory,
  • marginalization
  • ...More


This paper discusses the role of metaphysics in Rawlsian political theory. Specifically, it examines Jean Hampton's argument that metaphysics should, contra Rawls, be included in political theorizing since public metaphysical debate lowers the chance of expediency arguments that may marginalize members of society. This paper then considers potential Rawlsian objections to Hampton's argument that appeal to the veil of ignorance and original position. However, this paper defends Hampton's argument against the potential Rawlsian objections by referring to Charles Mills' work on ideal theory.