Taken together, the articles collected in this volume offer readers a reliable, illuminating, up-to-date and comprehensive introduction to both the political philosophy of John Rawls and the most significant of the scholarly debates it has generated and is likely to generate in coming years. Thoughtfully selected and introduced by David Reidy, they establish the structure, depth, fecundity and appeal, as well as the potentially significant defects, of Rawls' thought. The volume represents an invaluable resource for both students and scholars of Rawls or contemporary political philosophy.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Part I Theorizing Justice; Institutions and the demands of justice, Liam B. Murphy; The claims of reflective equilibrium, Joseph Raz; Constructing justice for existing practice: Rawls and the status quo, Aaron James; Justice, desert and ideal theory, Jon Mandle; Rawls, Hegel and communitarianism, Sybil A. Schwarzenbach. Part II What Justice Demands: Equality of what: welfare, resources or capabilities?, Norman Daniels; Rawls's defense of the priority of liberty: a Kantian reconstruction, Robert S. Taylor; Equal liberty for all?, Thomas Pogge; Liberal individualism and liberal neutrality, Will Kymlicka; The revisionist difference principle, Andrew D. Williams; Just savings and the difference principle, Steven Wall; What is egalitarianism?, Samuel Sheffler; Justice and gender: an unfinished debate, Susan Moller Okin. Part III A Political liberalism: A more democratic liberalism, Joshua Cohen; Disagreements about justice, Jeremy Waldron; The moral basis of political liberalism, Charles Larmore; What is reasonableness?, James W. Boettcher; Religious citizens within the limits of public reason, Philip L. Quinn; The completeness of public reason, Micah Schwartzman. Part IV A Liberal Foreign Policy: Critical notice: John Rawls, The Law of Peoples: With the 'Idea of Public Reason' Revisited, Kok-Chor Tan; The Law of Peoples, social cooperation, human rights, and distributive justice, Samuel Freeman; Name index.
David A. Reidy is a Professor based in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.