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£51.00

Hardback

Published: 03 February 2011

400 Pages

235x156mm

ISBN: 9780195393033


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Why Political Liberalism?

On John Rawls's Political Turn

Paul Weithman

Oxford Political Philosophy

  • The book draws very heavily on Part III of "Theory of Justice," a part of Rawls's magisterial first book that is too often neglected and misunderstood
  • It shows that Rawls, both early and late, was moved by a precise, game-theoretic concern: that a just society would be destabilized by a generalized prisoner's dilemma
  • The book provides a unified interpretation of Rawls's turn to political liberalism
  • At crucial points, the interpretation draws some support from Rawls's recently published "Lectures in the History of Moral Philosophy" and "Lectures in the History of Political Philosophy"
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