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John Rawls and the Common Good

Edited By Roberto Luppi Copyright 2022
    262 Pages
    by Routledge

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    The chapters in this book analyze the relationship between core concepts of the common good and the work of American political philosopher John Rawls.
    One of the main criticisms that has been made of Rawls is his supposed neglect of central aspects of collective life. The contributors to this book explore the possibility of a substantive and community-oriented interpretation of Rawls’s thought. The chapters investigate Rawls’s views on values such as community, faith, fraternity, friendship, gender equality, love, political liberty, reciprocity, respect, sense of justice, and virtue. They demonstrate that Rawls finds a balance between certain individualistic aspects of his theory of justice and the value of community. In doing so, the book offers insightful new readings of Rawls.
    John Rawls and the Common Good will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working in political, moral, and legal philosophy.

    Introduction: John Rawls and the Common Good: An Introduction

    Roberto Luppi

    1. Community

    Daniel A. Dombrowski

    2. Faith and the Common Good in the Political Philosophy of John Rawls

    David A. Reidy

    3. Fraternity (and the Difference Principle)

    Marco Martino

    4. Friendship: A Familiar Value

    Ruth Abbey

    5. Gender Justice, Rawls, and the Common Good

    Elizabeth Edenberg

    6. Love. The Vices of Love and Rawlsian Justice

    Paul Voice

    7. Political Liberty

    M. Victoria Costa

    8. Reciprocity and Justification in Political Liberalism: Self-Application Vindicated

    Paul Weithman

    9. Respect

    James Boettcher

    10. Sense of Justice

    Jon Mandle

    11. Virtue

    Roberto Luppi


    Roberto Luppi is Research Fellow at Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta, Rome, Italy.