Justice among Peoples and Decency of Iranian People

Document Type : Original Article


In his book The Law of Peoples, John Rawls described an international society in
which there are enemies and friends seeking their goals by deferent means.
Rawls introduced us principles as the fundamental rights of every people. The
people who reserve these rights can sustain in the world. Although this theory
is supposed to be part of liberal foreign policy, the peoples Rawls talks about
are not necessarily liberal. Decent hierarchical peoples also feature as
parties to the Law of Peoples. Beside liberal people, he categorized burdened
states, outlaw states and benevolent absolutisms that don’t recognize the law
of peoples. In this article I try to offer some attributes of Iranian people as
the decent people. The exclusion of those regimes and the inclusion of decent
hierarchical peoples are demanded by the notions of plurality and toleration
that require the presence of Iranian peoples in this circle. This point necessitates Iranian thinkers to take part in the theoretical attempts for complementing Rawls’ theory as an Ideal one.


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