The Original Position in José Saramago's Blindness

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Following the tradition of social contract theories of the early modern age, John Rawls, in A Theory of Justice, renewed the notion of the “original position,” that is, a set of behavioral assumptions from which general principles of justice are deduced. Jose Saramago's novel Blindness enriches Rawls's normative theory by adding behavioral assumptions that help clarify some of the problems raised by the theory's critics and enhance its application to social and political settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-463
Number of pages17
JournalReview of Politics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007


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