2. Marx and Rawls and Justice

  1. Jeffrey Reiman

Published Online: 8 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118381564.ch2

As Free and as Just as Possible

As Free and as Just as Possible

How to Cite

Reiman, J. (2012) Marx and Rawls and Justice, in As Free and as Just as Possible, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118381564.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 30 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470674123

Online ISBN: 9781118381564



  • Marx and Rawls, and justice;
  • Marxian Liberalism, altering elements of Marx/Rawls's theories;
  • basics of Marx's theory of capitalism, and its ideology;
  • Marx, and capitalism “a coercive relation” and free agreements;
  • ideology, falsity of beliefs with a materialist explanation;
  • Rawls' theory of justice as fairness, principles of justice agreed;
  • Rawls's original position, moral limit on the common good;
  • the difference principle, maximizing the standard of living;
  • Rawls's, society of free producers, not in all historical circumstances;
  • Marxian Liberalism, difference principle and labor theory of value


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Marx's Theory of Capitalism and Its Ideology

  • Rawls's Theory of Justice as Fairness

  • Rawls on Marx

  • Marx and Justice

  • Marxian Liberalism's Historical Conception of Justice