Political Ideologies Discussion


The critical analysis questions are designed to stimulate thought, clarify concepts, explore course materials in detail, and to examine the course concepts from a new or different perspective.

Responses should be 500-800 words in total. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.


  1. Compare and contrast John Locke and John Rawls’s respective theorizations of (in)equality. How does Locke’s discussion of the acceptability of economic inequality as long as there is equality of opportunity compare to, and differ from Rawls’ discussion of equality and inequality?
  2. In Political Liberalism, John Rawls argues that differences in “comprehensive doctrines” constitute a significant source of conflict in modern societies. Briefly explain what Rawls means by “comprehensive doctrine” and provide one specific example of this concept. (It can be your example or his.)