In his corpus, Rawls never directly addresses the issue of alienation, and it is commonly thought that as a liberal he had no interest in the issue. In contrast, I argue that Rawls was concerned about the issue of alienation, since in several places he contends that justice as fairness is adequate to ensure meaningful work and life activity. But although justice as fairness may legitimately ensure more meaningful work and life activity than traditional welfare states, the theory still fails to lay the theoretical foundation necessary to end alienation as far as practically possible.
Dr. S. Stewart Braun is Lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. He obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2012 and joined ACU in 2013. He specializes in social and political philosophy, concentrating specifically in the areas of distributive justice and on the liberal account of rights. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Braun also studied philosophical theology at Yale University where he obtained his MAR. He is currently engaged in a project to determine the proper focus for egalitarian accounts of justice.