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Rawlsian Necessarily Egalitarian?

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The Rawlsian ethical theory has two principles:

1) each individual should have an equal right to as many basic liberties so long as these liberties did not restrict liberties for others.

2) resources should be arranged to maximize the benefits of the least-advantaged with regards to social and economic assets.

Is this Rawlsian ethical theory necessarily egalitarian, if we define egalitarian as "it always the case that a more equal distribution is preferred to a less equal one", and if not, why?

A

Yes, Rawlsian ethical theory is necessarily egalitarian

B

No, Rawlsian ethical theory is not necessarily egalitarian; the limitation of not restricting liberties is not egalitarian.

C

No, Rawlsian ethical theory is not necessarily egalitarian; maximizing benefits is not necessarily egalitarian.

D

No, Rawlsian ethical theory is not necessarily egalitarian; neither principle is necessarily egalitarian.