Prescriptive Constructivism

Apropos of my last post, I should add that Rawls’ constructivism is distinct for being prescriptive, rather than descriptive—Sharon Street’s metaethical constructivism (as in, constructivism regarding the entire field of ethics, not just a certain subset) is descriptive in that she seeks to explain how we make ethical decisions right now where as Rawls is offering a vision of how he thinks we should make ethical decisions, at least with regards to governance. Obviously there will never be an original position or a veil of ignorance, but he uses this thought experiment as the foundation for an entire philosophy of governance that follows.

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