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Picture a perfect society. What does it look like? - Joseph Lacey

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A group of strangers have gathered to design a just society. To ensure none of them rig the system, they’ve been placed under a veil of ignorance. Under this veil, they’re blind to information about age, sex, profession, wealth, religion, and so on. Can they build a fair society where everyone has the resources they need? Joseph Lacey details John Rawls' classic thought experiment.

Which of the following best describes the function of the "veil of ignorance"?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Joseph Lacey
  • Director Eoin Duffy
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Composer Salil Bhayani
  • Sound Designer Amanda P.H. Bennett
  • Produced by Gerta Xhelo, Abdallah Ewis
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Fact-Checker Charles Wallace

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