Collected Papers

ISBN-10: 0674005694

ISBN-13: 9780674005693

Edition: 1999

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John Rawls' work on justice has perhaps drawn more commentary and aroused wider attention than any other work in moral or political philosophy in the 20th century. Some of these essays articulate views distinct from those in his books.
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Book details

List price: $39.50
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/2/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

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.

Editor's Preface
Outline of a Decision Procedure for Ethics
Two Concepts of Rules
Justice as Fairness
Constitutional Liberty and the Concept of Justice
The Sense of Justice
Legal Obligation and the Duty of Fair Play
Distributive Justice
Distributive Justice: Some Addenda
The Justification of Civil Disobedience
Justice as Reciprocity
Some Reasons for the Maximin Criterion
Reply to Alexander and Musgrave
A Kantian Conception of Equality
Fairness to Goodness
The Independence of Moral Theory
Kantian Constructivism in Moral Theory
Social Unity and Primary Goods
Justice as Fairness: Political not Metaphysical
Preface for the French Edition of A Theory of Justice
The Idea of an Overlapping Consensus
The Priority of Right and Ideas of the Good
The Domain of the Political and Overlapping Consensus
Themes in Kant's Moral Philosophy
The Law of Peoples
Fifty Years after Hiroshima
The Idea of Public Reason Revisited
Commonweal Interview with John Rawls
Credits
Index
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