This is what Rawls points at when discussing the maximin rule.
What does this rule say?
When facing a number of options that give different outcomes under
different conditions (e.g. how much money one makes according to how well
they do on an employment test), pick
the one with the best worst outcome.
“The maximin [short for maximum minimorum] rule tells us to rank alternatives
by their worst possible outcomes: we are to adopt the alternative the worst
outcome of which is superior to the worst outcomes of others.”
Thomas Hobbes ~ Leviathan
Ancient and Modern Conceptions of Happiness
Ancient (Aristotelian) view of happiness:
Happiness is not a momentary and fleeting peasant sensation (being
happy is not feeling happy)
Rather, it is a continuous sense of flourishing and self-fulfillment
This sense can exist both in the life of activity andthe life of study, although
the latter is the happiest, most stable, and