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Utilitarianism and Rawlsian Liberalism in International Legal Theory

Utilitarianism(n.): The idea that the moral worth of an action is determined solely by its contribution to overall utility: that is, its contribution to happiness or pleasure as summed among all persons.

Rawlsian Liberalism(n.): A political/legal philosophy based off of the ideas of John Rawls, principally including in this context that the moral worth of an action or law is determined by its respect to basic, inherent rights as opposed to the overall good of the society.

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