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The Idea of a Political Liberalism

Essays on Rawls

Edited by Victoria Davion and Clark Wolf - Contributions by Samantha Brennan; Claudia Card; Bernard Dauenhauer; Marilyn A. Friedman; Dale Jamieson; Richard Arneson; Clark Wolf; Robert Nagle; James Nickel; Christoph Fehige and Norman Daniels

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In this unique volume, some of today's most eminent political philosophers examine the thought of John Rawls, focusing in particular on his most recent work. These original essays explore diverse issues, including the problem of pluralism, the relationship between constitutive commitment and liberal institutions, just treatment of dissident minorities, the constitutional implications of liberalism, international relations, and the structure of international law. The first comprehensive study of Rawls's recent work, The Idea of Political Liberalism will be indispensable for political philosophers and theorists interested in contemporary political thought. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 304Size: 6 x 9 1/2
978-0-8476-8793-0 • Hardback • January 2000 • $124.00 • (£80.00)
978-0-8476-8794-7 • Paperback • December 1999 • $38.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4616-4443-9 • eBook • December 1999 • $37.99 • (£24.95)
Victoria Davion is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Georgia.

Clark Wolf is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Georgia.
Chapter 1 Introduction: From Comprehensive Justice to Political Liberalism
Part 2 I Reasonable versus Simple Pluralism and the Legitimacy of the State
Chapter 3 1. John Rawls and the Political Coercion of Unreasonable People
Chapter 4 2. Rawls and Religion
Chapter 5 3. Rawl's Neglected Childhood: Reflections on the Original Position, Stability, andf the Child's Sense of Justice
Part 6 II Political Liberalism and International Justice
Chapter 7 4. Justice, Legitimacy, and Human Rights
Chapter 8 5. Egalitarianism and a Global Resources Tax: Pogge on Rawls
Part 9 III Morality and Political Liberalism
Chapter 10 6. Fundamental Rights, Reasonable Pluralism, and the Moral Commitments of Liberalism
Chapter 11 7. Reflective Equilibrium and Justice as Political
Part 12 IV Economics and Entitlements
Chapter 13 8. Economic Liberties
Chapter 14 9. Individual Entitlements in Justice as Fairness
Part 15 V Modus Vivendi?
Chapter 16 10. "Not a Mere Modus Vivendi": The Bases for Allegiance to the Just State
Chapter 17 11. A Good Word for a Modus Vivendi
Chapter 18 12. A Mere Modus Vivendi?
Part 19 VI Justice, Rationalities, and Desires
Chapter 20 13. Rawls versus Utilitarianism in the Light of Political Liberalism
Chapter 21 14. Justice Beyond Desires?
Chapter 22 Index
Chapter 23 About the Contributors
This is a fine volume, with essays of consistently high quality, an unique in its focus on the 'recent' Rawls of Political Liberalism.
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Essential reading for anyone working in contemporary political philosophy.
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These critical essays by philosophy scholars focus on Rawl's Political Liberalism, which the editors' introduction eloquently distinguishes from Rawl's A Theory of Justice, and provide a chapter-by-chapter overview.
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