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John Rawls

Debating the Major Questions

Edited by Jon Mandle and Edited by Sarah Roberts-Cady

July 2020

ISBN: 9780190859206

304 pages

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Price: £25.99



John Rawls is widely considered one of the most important political philosophers of the 20th century, and his highly original and influential works play a central role in contemporary philosophical debates. Given the vast scholarship written in response to his work, students and scholars need some guidance in finding and understanding the central debates and arguments. This book meets this need like no other collection has before. This collection of original essays is divided into ten parts, with each part covering a major area of philosophical debate inspired by Rawls's work. In each part, 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 on the debate, moving the debate forward in a fruitful way.

  • Provides clear and thoughtful overviews of the philosophical dialogue that has emerged from John Rawls's deeply influential philosophy
  • Provides inroads and critical summaries of Rawls scholarship
  • Unlike typical anthologies, its format includes two opposing positions in each chapter, inspiring critical thinking in students and moving dialogue forward in fruitful ways
  • Suggested reading sections guide readers through Rawls's most influential work as well as direct them to further and critically-acclaimed readings by other philosophers

About the Author(s)

Edited by Jon Mandle, Professor, Department of Philosophy, SUNY Albany, and Edited by Sarah Roberts-Cady, Professor, Departments of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies, Fort Lewis College

Jon Mandle is Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Albany. He has published widely on political philosophy and John Rawls in particular, including co-editing The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon (with David Reidy, Cambridge 2015), and the Blackwell Companion to Rawls (with David Reidy, Blackwell 2014), as well as authoring three monographs: Rawls a Theory of Justice: An Introduction (Cambridge 2009), Global Justice (Polity 2006) and What's Left of Liberalism?: An Interpretation and Defense of Justice as Fairness (Lexington Books 2000). Sarah Roberts-Cady is a Professor of Philosophy at Fort Lewis College. Her research on ethics and political philosophy has been featured in Journal of Social Philosophy, International Journal of Applied Philosophy, Philosophy Today, and Politics and the Life Sciences.

Table of Contents

    An Introduction to Rawls on Justice
    Jon Mandle and Sarah Roberts-Cady
    Part I: Public Reason
    Introduction to Public Reason
    Chapter 1: Public Political Reason: Still Not Wide Enough
    David Reidy
    Chapter 2: Just Wide Enough: Reidy on Public Reason
    James Boettcher
    Part II: Ideal and Nonideal Theory
    Introduction to Ideal and Nonideal Theory
    Chapter 3: The "Focusing Illusion" of Rawlsian Ideal Theory
    Colin Farrelly
    Chapter 4: The Value of Ideal Theory
    Matthew Adams
    Part III: The Libertarian Critique
    Introduction to the Libertarian Critique
    Chapter 5: Rawls's Underestimation of the Importance of Economic Agency and Economic Rights
    Jeppe Von Platz
    Chapter 6: Rawls on Economic Liberty and the Choice of "Systems of Social Co-Operation"
    Alan Thomas
    Part IV: Luck Egalitarianism
    Introduction to Luck Egalitarianism
    Chapter 7: Rawls and Luck Egalitarianism
    Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen
    Chapter 8: The Point of Justice: On the Paradigmatic Incompatibility between Rawlsian "Justice as Fairness" and Luck Egalitarianism
    Rainer Forst
    Part V: The Capability Critique
    Introduction to the Capability Critique
    Chapter 9: Sen's Capability Critique
    Chris Lowry
    Chapter 10: Spectres of Democracy: Detouring the Limitations of Rawls and the Capabilities Approach
    Tony Fitzpatrick
    Part VI: The Dependency Critique
    Introduction to the Dependency Critique
    Chapter 11: The Dependency Critique of Rawlsian Equality
    Eva Kittay
    Chapter 12: A Feminist Liberal Response to the Dependency Critique
    Amy Baehr
    Part VII: Rawls and feminism
    Introduction to Rawls and Feminism
    Chapter 13: The Indeterminacy of Rawls's Principles for Gender Justice
    M. Victoria Costa
    Chapter 14: A Feminist Defense of Political Liberalism
    Christie Hartley and Lori Watson
    Part VIII: Rawls and Nonhuman Animals
    Introduction to Rawls and Nonhuman Animals
    Chapter 15: Extending Rawlsian Justice to Nonhuman Animals
    Sarah Roberts-Cady
    Chapter 16: Rawls and Animals: A Defense
    Patrick Taylor Smith
    Part IX: International Economic Justice
    Introduction to International Economic Justice
    Chapter 17: Rawls on Global Economic Justice: A Critical Examination
    Rekha Nath
    Chapter 18: Rawls's Reasoning about International Economic Justice: A Defense
    Gillian Brock
    Part X: International Justice and Toleration
    Introduction to International Justice and Toleration
    Chapter 19: Right-Wing Populism and Non-Coercive Injustice: On the Limits of the Law of Peoples
    Michael Blake
    Chapter 20: Tolerating Decent Societies: A Defense of the Law of Peoples
    Jon Mandle

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