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The Island


Pat and other people have arrived on an uninhabited island with only survival supplies.
They are considering establishing rules for living on the island.
What rules should Pat propose?

PAT: Unknown gender, race, nationality, age, disabilities, abilities, personality, beliefs, desires, etc..

OTHER: Unknown number.

PEOPLE: Unknown description.

ARRIVED: Unknown cause of presence.

UNINHABITED: No preexisting social structure.

ISLAND: Unknown external relations.

SURVIVAL SUPPLIES: No significant property possession.

CONSIDERING: Unknown strength of desire.

ESTABLISHING: No existing rules.

LIVING: Unknown duration.

PROPOSE: To be taken seriously by others.

Adapted from:

Rawls, John. A theory of justice. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard U Press, 1971. Print.