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John Rawls: Reticent Socialist

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  • Date Published: July 2017
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  • isbn: 9781316805367

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  • This book is the first detailed reconstruction of the late work of John Rawls, who was perhaps the most influential philosopher of the twentieth century. Rawls's 1971 treatise, A Theory of Justice, stimulated an outpouring of commentary on 'justice-as-fairness,' his conception of justice for an ideal, self-contained, modern political society. Most of that commentary took Rawls to be defending welfare-state capitalism as found in Western Europe and the United States. Far less attention has been given to Rawls's 2001 book, Justice as Fairness: A Restatement. In the Restatement, Rawls not only substantially reformulates the 'original position' argument for the two principles of justice-as-fairness but also repudiates capitalist regimes as possible embodiments. Edmundson further develops Rawls's non-ideal theory, which guides us when we find ourselves in a society that falls well short of justice.

    • Presents a new interpretation that encompasses all of Rawls's published work, providing a reconstruction of Rawls's overall theory as a result of forty years of revision
    • Edmundson presents Rawls's argument against the justice of capitalism in liberal democracies, enabling both the novice and advanced reader to easily grasp the radical thrust of Rawls's work
    • Demonstrates how Rawls's reworked argument for 'justice-as-fairness' leads to socialism, revealing to scholar and student what the greatest political philosopher of the past century means to us now
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    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316805367
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Conceptions of property in the original position
    2. Property-owning democracy versus liberal socialism
    3. Fair value and the fact of domination
    4. The four-stage sequence
    5. The circumstances of politics
    6. Rescuing the difference principle
    7. The special psychologies
    8. Socialism and stability
    9. The common content
    10. The property question
    11. Religion and reticence
    12. Non-ideal theory: the transition to socialism

  • Author

    William A. Edmundson, Georgia State University
    William A. Edmundson is Regents Professor of Law and Philosophy at Georgia State University College of Law. He is the author of Three Anarchical Fallacies (Cambridge, 1998) and An Introduction to Rights (Cambridge, 2012), and editor of The Duty to Obey the Law (1999) and The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory (2004). He is also the series editor of the Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Law.

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