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The Law of Peoples

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This book consists of two parts: the essay "The Idea of Public Reason Revisited," first published in 1997, and "The Law of Peoples," a major reworking of a much shorter article by the same name published in 1993. Taken together, they are the culmination of more than fifty years of reflection on liberalism and on some of the most pressing problems of our times by John Rawls.

"The Idea of Public Reason Revisited" explains why the constraints of public reason, a concept first discussed in Political Liberalism (1993), are ones that holders of both religious and non-religious comprehensive views can reasonably endorse. It is Rawls's most detailed account of how a modern constitutional democracy, based on a liberal political conception, could and would be viewed as legitimate by reasonable citizens who on religious, philosophical, or moral grounds do not themselves accept a liberal comprehensive doctrine--such as that of Kant, or Mill, or Rawls's own "Justice as Fairness," presented in A Theory of Justice (1971).

The Law of Peoples extends the idea of a social contract to the Society of Peoples and lays out the general principles that can and should be accepted by both liberal and non-liberal societies as the standard for regulating their behavior toward one another. In particular, it draws a crucial distinction between basic human rights and the rights of each citizen of a liberal constitutional democracy. It explores the terms under which such a society may appropriately wage war against an "outlaw society," and discusses the moral grounds for rendering assistance to non-liberal societies burdened by unfavorable political and economic conditions.

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Consisting of two essays, this work by a Harvard professor offers his thoughts on the idea of a social contract regulating people's behavior toward one another. "The Law of Peoples" is the culmination of more than 50 years of Rawls's reflection on liberalism and on some of the most pressing problems of our times.

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The Law of Peoples extends the idea of a social contract to the Society of Peoples and lays out the general principles that can and should be accepted as the standard for regulating a society's behavior toward another. In particular, it draws a crucial distinction between basic human rights and the rights of each citizen of a liberal constitutional democracy. Rawls explores the terms under which such a society may appropriately wage war against an "outlaw society," and discusses the moral grounds for rendering assistance to non-liberal societies burdened by unfavorable political and economic conditions.

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John Rawls is a 1999 National Humanities Medal Winner

About the Author

John Rawls was James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University. He was recipient of the 1999 National Humanities Medal.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The First Part of Ideal Theory

The Law of Peoples as Realistic Utopia

Why Peoples and Not States?

Two Original Positions

The Principles of the Law of Peoples

Democratic Peace and Its Stability

Society of Liberal Peoples: Its Public Reason

The Second Part of Ideal Theory

Toleration of Nonliberal Peoples

Extension to Decent Hierarchical Peoples

Decent Consultation Hierarchy

Human Rights

Comments on Procedure of the Law of Peoples

Concluding Observations

Nonideal Theory

Just War Doctrine: The Right to War

Just War Doctrine: Conduct of War

Burdened Societies

On Distributive Justice among Peoples

Conclusion

Public Reason and the Law of Peoples

Reconcilation to Our Social World

THE IDEA OF PUBLIC REASON REVISITED

The Idea of Public Reason

The Content of Public Reason

Religion and Public Reason in Democracy

The Wide View of Public Political Culture

On the Family as Part of the Basic Structure

Questions about Public Reason

Conclusion

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674005426
Author:
Rawls, John
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Liberalism
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Social justice
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 7 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Consisting of two essays, this work by a Harvard professor offers his thoughts on the idea of a social contract regulating people's behavior toward one another. "The Law of Peoples" is the culmination of more than 50 years of Rawls's reflection on liberalism and on some of the most pressing problems of our times.
"Synopsis" by , The Law of Peoples extends the idea of a social contract to the Society of Peoples and lays out the general principles that can and should be accepted as the standard for regulating a society's behavior toward another. In particular, it draws a crucial distinction between basic human rights and the rights of each citizen of a liberal constitutional democracy. Rawls explores the terms under which such a society may appropriately wage war against an "outlaw society," and discusses the moral grounds for rendering assistance to non-liberal societies burdened by unfavorable political and economic conditions.
"Synopsis" by , John Rawls is a 1999 National Humanities Medal Winner
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