John Rawls on Reflective Equilibrium - Dictionary of Arguments
Definition Reflexive Equilibrium/Principles/Rawls: we begin with as weak a premise as possible, which should however be so strong as to provide a suitable (significant) set of principles. Then we go back and forth until premises and principles are curtailed and adapted. This equilibrium is not necessarily stable.
Reflective equilibrium/Rawls: (See also Terminologies/Rawls): from a moral-philosophical point of view, it is best to attribute a person's sense of justice not to an idea of justice, but to a concordance of their judgments with a reflective equilibrium, i. e. after weighing up different ideas.
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A Theory of Justice: Original Edition Oxford 2005