Just as individuals may differ over such issues, so may societies given their different ethical traditions. Many of the most dominant Western ethical traditions have tended to focus on establishing the proper rules to guide interpersonal interactions, whether the Ten Commandments, the Kantian Categorical Imperative, the utilitarian principle of maximization of the good, or Rawls' two principles of justice (though there are exceptions of course, including Aristotelian ethics, pragmatism, and situational ethics). Moreover, such rules tend to be abstract and universally applicable to all contexts. Accordingly, those who have been influenced by such traditions may be more willing than those influenced by other traditions to accept a narrowly circumscribed rule of law that sacrifices equity and particularized justice for the virtues of generality, equality, impartiality, and certainty that result from limiting the discretion of the
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Publication information: Book title: China's Long March toward Rule of Law. Contributors: Randall Peerenboom - Author. Publisher: Cambridge University Press. Place of publication: Cambridge, England. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 175.
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