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John Rawls His Life and Theory of Justice

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ISBN-10: 0195136373

ISBN-13: 9780195136371

Edition: 2006

Authors: Michelle Kosch, Thomas Pogge

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John Rawls was one of the most important political philosophers of our time, and promises to be an enduring figure over the coming decades. His Theory of Justice (1971) has had a profound impact across philosophy, politics, law, and economics. Nonetheless Rawlsian theory is not easy to understand, particularly for beginners, and his writing can be dense and forbidding. Thomas Pogge's short introduction (originally published in German) gives a thorough and concise presentation of the main outlines of Rawls's theory, introduces biographical information when necessary, and draws links between the Rawlsian enterprise and other important positions in moral and political philosophy.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Family and Schooling
College and War
Academic Career
The Turbulent Decade 1962-1971
After A Theory of Justice
The Meaning of Rawls's Project
The Focus on the Basic Structure
The Origin of the Theory
The Complexity of Modern Societies
The Idea of an Overlapping Consensus
The Scope of the Theory
A Top-Tier Criterion of Justice
Purely Recipient-Oriented Criteria of Justice
The Anonymity Condition
Fundamental Interests versus Happiness
The Basic Idea: Justice as Fairness
The Original Position
Maximin versus Average
Primary Goods
The Lexical Priority of the Basic Liberties
The First Principle of Justice
The Structure of a Basic Right
Formulating the Required Scheme of Basic Rights and Liberties
The Fair Value of the Basic Political Liberties
Permissible Reductions of Basic Liberties
Impermissible Reductions of Basic Liberties
The Second Principle of Justice
The Difference Principle in First Approximation
The Difference Principle in Detail
Advocating the Difference Principle in the Original Position
The Opportunity Principle
Advocating the Opportunity Principle in the Original Position
A Property-Owning Democracy
A Rawlsian Society
A Well-Ordered Society
A Political Conception of Justice
Political versus Comprehensive Liberalisms
An Egalitarian Liberal Conception of Justice
A Society Well-Ordered by Rawls's Conception
A More ReaHstic Vision
On Justification
Reflective Equilibrium
Fundamental Ideas
Truth and Reasonableness
The Reception of Justice as Fairness
Rawls and Libertarianism
Rawls and Communitarianism
Rawls and Kant
Works by Rawls
Selected Secondary Works