Synopses & Reviews
This book originated as lectures for a course on political philosophy that Rawls taught regularly at Harvard in the 1980s. In time the lectures became a restatement of his theory of justice as fairness, revised in light of his more recent papers and his treatise Political Liberalism
(1993). As Rawls writes in the preface, the restatement presents "in one place an account of justice as fairness as I now see it, drawing on all [my previous] works." He offers a broad overview of his main lines of thought and also explores specific issues never before addressed in any of his writings.
Rawls is well aware that since the publication of A Theory of Justice in 1971, American society has moved farther away from the idea of justice as fairness. Yet his ideas retain their power and relevance to debates in a pluralistic society about the meaning and theoretical viability of liberalism. This book demonstrates that moral clarity can be achieved even when a collective commitment to justice is uncertain.
This book originated as lectures for a course on political philosophy that Rawls taught regularly at Harvard University in the 1980s. In time the lectures became a restatement of his theory of justice as fairness, revised in light of his more recent papers and his treatise Political Liberalism (1993).
John Rawls is a 1999 National Humanities Medal Winner
About the Author
John Rawlswas James Bryant Conant University Professor at <>Harvard University. He was recipient of the 1999 National Humanities Medal.Erin Kellyis Assistant Professor of Philosophy at <>Tufts University.
Table of Contents
Part I Fundamental Ideas
1. Four Roles of Political Philosophy
2. Society as a Fair System of Cooperation
3. The Idea of a Well-Ordered Society
4. The Idea of a Basic Structure
5. Limits to Our Inquiry
6. The Idea of the Original Position
7. The Idea of Free and Equal Persons
8. Relations between the Fundamental Ideas
9. The Idea of Public Justification
10. The Idea of Reflective Equilibrium
11. The Idea of an Overlapping Consensus
Part II Principles of Justice
12. Three Basic Points
13. Two Principles of Justice
14. The Problem of Distributive Justice
15. The Basic Structure as