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John Rawls
An Introduction

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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521727693

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  • What is a just political order? What does justice require of us? These are perennial questions of political philosophy. John Rawls, generally acknowledged to be one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century, answered them in a way that has drawn widespread attention, not only from political philosophers, but from political scientists, economists, those in the field of public policy, and experts in jurisprudence. It is not only academics who have been inspired by Rawls' ideas; they have also influenced the theory of government and continue to play a role in actual public political debates. This introduction outlines Rawls' work on the theory of justice. Focusing on Rawls' own writings, from his first publication in 1951 to his final ones some fifty years later, Percy B. Lehning demonstrates how and why they can be considered as one consistent and coherent body of work.

    • An accessible introduction to the political theory of John Rawls, one of the twentieth century's greatest philosophers
    • The first book to encompass Rawls' entire work - from his first publication in 1951 to his final ones, some fifty years later
    • Demonstrates how and why Rawls' work can be considered to be one consistent and coherent body
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    “John Rawls was the pre-eminent social theorist of the 20th century, but while he drew powerful critics from Robert Paul Wolff and Robert Nozick to Brian Barry, it is only now with Percy Lehning’s new book that we have a definitive and comprehensive account of the theory of justice as it evolved over fifty years. Lehning has given students and scholars alike the indispensable introduction Rawls deserves.”
    Benjamin R. Barber, Distinguished Senior Fellow, DEMOS and Author of Jihad vs. McWorld and Consumed

    “No one influenced contemporary political philosophy more than John Rawls, and few scholars knew him as well and studied his work as closely as Percy Lehning. This lucid and well-documented introduction may persuade you that Rawls resembles Pascal’s God in one respect: ‘A little bit of thinking leads you away from him, a lot of thinking takes you back to him.’”
    Philippe van Parijs, Université catholique de Louvain

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521727693
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Life and work
    2. A just society
    3. Pluralism and justice
    4. International justice
    5. Justice as fairness in practice
    6. Justice as fairness: a realistic utopia.

  • Author

    Percy B. Lehning, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
    Percy B. Lehning is Professor of Political Theory, Emeritus at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is an internationally renowned Rawls-specialist and has published widely on Rawls, on political theory, on normative issues of public policy and on political theoretical issues of the European Union.

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