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Intersectional arguments and research findings have had varying levels of impact in feminist theory, social movements, international human rights, public policy, and electoral behavior research within political science and across the disciplines of sociology, critical legal studies, and history.

—Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies[1]

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John Rawls, by Jane Reed[2]

John Rawls was an American political and moral philosopher. Rawls' most important work was A Theory of Justice (published in 1971, and revised in 1975 and 1999).

Rawls sets his theory of justice against the utilitarian tradition of justice. When Rawls uses the word "justice", he means social justice. He argues that the traditional theory of utilitarianism proposed by John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham "the greatest good for the greatest number of people" is the theory that is closest to our intuitive notion of justice. However, Rawls critiques this traditional form of utilitarianism in the following quote: "[utilitarianism] adopt[s] for society as a whole the principle of choice for one man.”[3] By doing this, Rawls argues that "[utilitarianism] fails to take seriously the distinction between persons."[3]

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