Tuesday, August 11, 2020

New Book: John Rawls - Debating the Major Questions

John Rawls. Debating the Major Questions

Ed. by Jon Mandle & Sarah Roberts-Cady

(Oxford University Press, 2020)

398 pages


This collection of original essays explores major areas of debate inspired by the political philosophy of John Rawls. The volume is divided into ten parts, exploring ten distinct questions. For each question, there is an introductory essay, providing an overview of the relevant arguments from Rawls’s work and the historical contours of the debate that ensued. Each introductory essay is followed by two essays written by scholars who take opposing positions, moving the discussion forward in a fruitful way.

Contents [Preview]

An Introduction to Rawls on Justice - Jon Mandle & Sarah Roberts-Cady [Preview]

Part I: Public Reason


1. Public Political Reason: Still Not Wide Enough - David Reidy [Abstract] [the original 2000 essay]

2. Just Wide Enough: Reidy on Public Reason [Draft] - James Boettcher [Abstract]

Part II: Ideal and Nonideal Theory


3. The "Focusing Illusion" of Rawlsian Ideal Theory - Colin Farrelly [Abstract]

4- The Value of Ideal Theory - Matthew Adams [Abstract]

Part III: The Libertarian Critique


5. Rawls's Underestimation of the Importance of Economic Agency and Economic Rights [PDF] - Jeppe Von Platz [Abstract]

6. Rawls on Economic Liberty and the Choice of "Systems of Social Co-Operation" - Alan Thomas [Abstract]

Part IV: Luck Egalitarianism


7. Rawls and Luck Egalitarianism - Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen [Abstract]

8. The Point of Justice: On the Paradigmatic Incompatibility between Rawlsian "Justice as Fairness" and Luck Egalitarianism - Rainer Forst [Abstract]

Part V: The Capability Critique


9. Sen's Capability Critique - Chris Lowry  [Abstract]

10. Spectres of Democracy: Detouring the Limitations of Rawls and the Capabilities Approach -Tony Fitzpatrick [Abstract]

Part VI: The Dependency Critique


11. The Dependency Critique of Rawlsian Equality - Eva Kittay [Abstract]

12. A Feminist Liberal Response to the Dependency Critique - Amy Baehr [Abstract]

Part VII: Rawls and Feminism


13. The Indeterminacy of Rawls's Principles for Gender Justice - M. Victoria Costa [Abstract]

14. A Feminist Defense of Political Liberalism - Christie Hartley & Lori Watson [Abstract]

Part VIII: Rawls and Nonhuman Animals


15. Extending Rawlsian Justice to Nonhuman Animals - Sarah Roberts-Cady  [Abstract]

16. Rawls and Animals: A Defense - Patrick Taylor Smith [Abstract]

Part IX: International Economic Justice


17. Rawls on Global Economic Justice: A Critical Examination - Rekha Nath  [Abstract]

18. Rawls's Reasoning about International Economic Justice: A Defense - Gillian Brock  [Abstract]

Part X: International Justice and Toleration


19. Right-Wing Populism and Non-Coercive Injustice: On the Limits of the Law of Peoples - Michael Blake  [Abstract]

20. Tolerating Decent Societies: A Defense of the Law of Peoples - Jon Mandle  [Abstract]

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