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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: John Rawls and the Common Good: An Introduction
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)
4. Friendship: A Familiar Value
5. Gender Justice, Rawls, and the Common Good
6. Love. The Vices of Love and Rawlsian Justice
7. Political Liberty
M. Victoria Costa
8. Reciprocity and Justification in Political Liberalism: Self-Application Vindicated
10. Sense of Justice
Roberto Luppi is Research Fellow at Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta, Rome, Italy.