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Comparability: Comparability in science refers to the ability to make meaningful and valid assertions about different data sets that are understandable at the same time. It ensures that results are interpretable and generalizable across contexts. See also Comparisons.
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John Rawls on Comparability - Dictionary of Arguments

I 174
Comparability/comparison/society/justice/Rawls: the clearest basis for interpersonal comparisons is in terms of primary public goods (e. g. freedoms, infrastructure, health care, access opportunities), i. e. things that any rational person will probably want, no matter what else he/she wants.
>Public goods
, >Desires, >Preferences, >Freedom,
>Infrastructure, >Healthcare system.
However, the more we move on to more specific provisions, the more difficult it becomes. This is because the assessment of foreign preferences would increasingly require us to change our own nature.
Purposes/intentions: it seems to be in vain to define his measure for interpersonal comparisons, taking into account all possible intentions and objectives.
The value of the circumstances of others is not for us - as the construction (of the average utility) would make us expect - the value of the circumstances for the other person itself.
>Average utility, >Relativism, >Circumstances, >Situations,
I 175
Solution/Utilitarianism/Rawls: utilitarianism could create directories of public goods and thus define its principle. However, this would require major changes to the theory of justice.
Rawl's solution: the veil of ignorance (in the initial situation of a society to be built, members should not know which position they will take later) prevents a knowledge about the circumstances of others anyway.
>Veil of ignorance.

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The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Rawl I
J. Rawls
A Theory of Justice: Original Edition Oxford 2005

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