Justice as Fairness: A Restatement

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Harvard University Press, May 16, 2001 - Philosophy - 240 pages
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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.


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Rawls' elegant argument has become a staple of liberal politics: (a) Each person has the same indefeasible right/claim to a fully adequate scheme of basic liberties, which scheme is compatible with ... Read full review

Justice as fairness: a restatement

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Rawls set out his contractualist conception of justice in A Theory of Justice and revised it in a later edition. From 1974 to 1989, he published articles whose theses varied somewhat from the detailed ... Read full review


Fundamental Ideas
Principles of Justice
The Argument from the Original Position
Institutions of a Just Basic Structure
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