Law of Peoples With the Idea of Public Reason Revisited

ISBN-10: 0674005422
ISBN-13: 9780674005426
Edition: 1999
Authors: John Rawls
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Description: This work consists of two parts: The Idea of Public Reason Revisited and The Law of Peoples. Taken together, they are the culmination of more than 50 years of reflection on liberalism and on some pressing problems of our times.

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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/2/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770

This work consists of two parts: The Idea of Public Reason Revisited and The Law of Peoples. Taken together, they are the culmination of more than 50 years of reflection on liberalism and on some pressing problems of our times.

John Rawls, professor of philosophy at Harvard University, had published a number of articles on the concept of justice as fairness before the appearance of his magnum opus, A Theory of Justice (1971). While the articles had won for Rawls considerable prestige, the reception of his book thrust him into the front ranks of contemporary moral philosophy. Presenting a Kantian alternative to conventional utilitarianism and intuitionism, Rawls offers a theory of justice that is contractual and that rests on principles that he alleges would be accepted by free, rational persons in a state of nature, that is, of equality. The chorus of praise was loud and clear. Stuart Hampshire acclaimed the book as "the most substantial and interesting contribution to moral philosophy since the war."H. A. Bedau declared: "As a work of close and original scholarship in the service of the dominant moral and political ideology of our civilization, Rawls's treatise is simply without a rival." Rawls historically achieved two important things: (1) He articulated a coherent moral philosophy for the welfare state, and (2) he demonstrated that analytic philosophy was most capable of doing constructive work in moral philosophy. A Theory of Justice has become the most influential work in political, legal, and social philosophy by an American author in the twentieth century.

Introduction
The First
Part of Ideal Theory
The Law of Peoples as Realistic Utopia
Why Peoples and Not States?
Two Original Positions
The Principles of the Law of Peoples
Democratic Peace and Its Stability
Society of Liberal Peoples: Its Public Reason
The Second
Part of Ideal Theory
Toleration of Nonliberal Peoples
Extension to Decent Hierarchical Peoples
Decent Consultation Hierarchy
Human Rights
Comments on Procedure of the Law of Peoples
Concluding Observations
Nonideal Theory
Just War Doctrine: The Right to War
Just War Doctrine: Conduct of War
Burdened Societies
On Distributive Justice among Peoples
Conclusion
Public Reason and the Law of Peoples
Reconcilation to Our Social World
The Idea of Public Reason Revisited
The Idea of Public Reason
The Content of Public Reason
Religion and Public Reason in Democracy
The Wide View of Public Political Culture
On the Family as
Part of the Basic Structure
Questions about Public Reason
Conclusion
Index

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