1st Edition

The Routledge Guidebook to Rawls’ A Theory of Justice




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ISBN 9780415433013
July 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

John Rawls is regarded as the most important political philosopher of the twentieth century. His seminal work, A Theory of Justice, transformed the study of political philosophy and shaped the political thought of a generation. Rawls on Justice demystifies this difficult text by introducing and assessing:

  • Rawls’ life and the background to his philosophy

  • The key concepts of A Theory of Justice, including the ‘orginal position’, the ‘veil of ignorance’, and the two principles of justice

  • Rawls’ continuing importance to contemporary philosophy and influence on political thought

Ideal for those coming to Rawls for the first time, Rawls on Justice is an invaluable guide for students of philosophy, political thought, economics and law.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Theory of Justice: Author and Context. Chapter 2: Rawls' Conception of Political Philosophy. Chapter 3: Contractualism and Utilitarianism. Chapter 4: The Object of Deliberation and the Method of Deliberating. Chapter 5: The Original Position. Chapter 6: Arguing for the Principles of Justice: Two Comparisons. Chapter 7: The Difference Principle in Reflective Equilibrium. Chapter 8: Conclusion: Justice as Fairness, a Political Doctrine.

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