Justice as Fairness: A Restatement

By | December 1, 2017
Justice as Fairness: A Restatement Author John Rawls
ISBN-10 0674005112
ISBN-13 9780674005112
Year 2001-05-16
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press
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This book originated as lectures for a course on political philosophy that Rawls taught regularly at Harvard in the 1980s In time the lectures became a restatement of his theory of justice as fairness revised in light of his more recent papers and his treatise Political Liberalism 1993 As Rawls writes in the preface the restatement presents in one place an account of justice as fairness as I now see it drawing on all my previous works He offers a broad overview of his main lines of thought and also explores specific issues never before addressed in any of his writings Rawls is well aware that since the publication of A Theory of Justice in 1971 American society has moved farther away from the idea of justice as fairness Yet his ideas retain their power and relevance to debates in a pluralistic society about the meaning and theoretical viability of liberalism This book demonstrates that moral clarity can be achieved even when a collective commitment to justice is uncertain

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