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(Pendo, 2003). fically include gays and lesbians l application in this study. Rawls’ sed to help guide the discussion of serve to provide justification for tion policies inclusive of oyment for registered nurses. Of tudy is the relevance of these e principles of equality and

John Rawls: A Theory of Justice

Deriving an exact definition for the social justice principles of equality and fairness can be a daunting task. However, for this study, these American social justice principles are defined utilizing the concepts and works of John Rawls, who many social scientists believe is the founder of modern liberalism. Rawls’ principles form the foundation of the concepts of equality and fairness as they relate to American society and civil rights (Bleiker, 2002; Lovin, 2002; Miliband, 2003).

Terry L. Anderson (2002) has conducted extensive research on

the theoretical perspectives of John Rawls. She believes that

Rawls seeks a minimal ethical system sufficient for a well-

ordered society.

His theory of

well-ordered

democratic

society

social (ruled

justice “presupposes by justice) composed

a of

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