Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Environmental Studies

First Advisor

James Martin

Second Advisor

Steve Feffer


Should we use the concepts developed by John Rawls in his A Theory of Justice to guide research questions relevant to issues concerning race and gender? This paper argues not only that the concepts from A Theory of Justice should not be used as the primary tool in any debate concerning race and gender, but it also challenges the abstract thinking of 21st Century Western Philosophers to develop a theory of justice that acknowledges the fact that people have their own interests and depending on what race and/or gender they identify with, might not have equal rights protected under the law that White Americans take for granted.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Defense Presentation