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dc.contributor.authorSykes, Robbie
dc.contributor.authorTranter, Kieran
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-16T12:00:22Z
dc.date.available2017-11-16T12:00:22Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.issn1535-685X
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/1535685X.2017.1361674
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/352683
dc.description.abstractThis article argues that the life and work of rock musician Jimi Hendrix reveals that John Rawls's A Theory of Justice is politically inert. Rawls sought to convince of the principles needed for a just society via an abstract scenario of his own making. Comparably, Hendrix attempted to free the minds of his listeners by depicting, through his surreal lyrics and prismatic guitar playing, mental journeys to elevated states of awareness. Hendrix's depictions of ineffable internal states elucidate the difficulties of utilizing the abstract to improve real-world justice. The psychedelic “trips” on which Hendrix takes his listeners parallel the hallucinatory nature of Rawls's vision: the divestment of identity demanded by Rawls's logic alienates his plan for society from the imperatives of life in the political world.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom383
dc.relation.ispartofpageto403
dc.relation.ispartofissue3
dc.relation.ispartofjournalLaw & Literature
dc.relation.ispartofvolume29
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLegal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLaw
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode180122
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1801
dc.titleA Just (Electric Lady) Land: Jimi Hendrix and John Rawls
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Law
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorSykes, Robbie J.
gro.griffith.authorTranter, Kieran M.


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