Non-ideal Theory: A Taxonomy with Illustration

Book Section (Chapter)

© 2012 Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. This chapter discusses non-ideal theory of justice and its significance in bioethics, with special emphasis on distributive justice. The two major branches of this theory are an innovation of John Rawls. The divisions are: the partial compliance theory and the transitional theory. But a discourse into non-ideal theory shouldn't stop there, as one may extend the concepts of the theory beyond the two branches mentioned above. The chapter concludes with an illustrative example of their extension vis-à-vis Rawls' division.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sreenivasan, G

Published Date

  • 2012

Book Title

  • Global Justice and Bioethics

Start / End Page

  • 135 - 152

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780195379907

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195379907.003.0006