Tuesday, July 07, 2009

New collection of essays on Rawls

Reflections on Rawls: An Assessment of His Legacy

Ed. by Shaun P. Young

(Ashgate, 2009)

The late John Rawls was one of the most inspiring, provocative and influential political philosophers of the twentieth century. In this collection, a panel of distinguished political philosophers critically explore the intellectual legacy of Rawls. The essays herein engage Rawls' political theorizing from his earliest published writings in the 1950s to his final publication in 2001, "Justice as Fairness: A Restatement" and explore a diversity of issues related to his arguments, such as the attractiveness of his methodology/methodologies, and the normative coherence and empirical validity of his claims. In turn, the effectiveness both of his arguments and those of various supporters and critics are evaluated from the perspective of a variety of analytical approaches, including cosmopolitanism, communitarianism, perfectionism, liberalism, and legal theory.

This book is an edifying and engaging dialogue with ideas and arguments that have provided the theoretical framework for much of contemporary political philosophy, and a thoughtful assessment of their continuing significance and place within the pantheon of political philosophy.


Introduction by Shaun P. Young

George Klosko
Rawls’s Public Reason and American Society

Harry Brighouse and Elaine Unterhalter
Primary Goods versus Capabilities: Defending the Good against the Equally Good?

Lesley A. Jacobs
Rawls’s Commitment to Fair Equality of Opportunity: Rethinking His Arguments for Democratic Equality Four Decades Later

Ronald Beiner
John Rawls’s Genealogy of Liberalism

Jan Narveson
Rawls’s Social Contract: Not Really

William A. Galston
Realism and Moralism in Political Theory: The Legacies of John Rawls

Glen Newey
John Rawls: Liberalism at the Limits of Intolerance

Patrick Neal
Is Political Liberalism Hostile to Religion?

Rex Martin
Political Toleration and Coercive Intervention in the International Sphere

David P. Shugarman
Rawls’s Priority of Rights: Quandaries and Implications for International Relations and the Issue of Intervention

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