Rawlsian Explorations in Religion and Applied Philosophy

Paperback | June 15, 2011

byDaniel A. Dombrowski

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To probe the underlying premises of a liberal political order, John Rawls felt obliged to use a philosophical method that abstracted from many of the details of ordinary life. But this very abstraction became a point of criticism, as it left unclear the implications of his theory for public policies and life in the real political world. Rawlsian Explorations in Religion and Applied Philosophy attempts to ferret out those implications, filling the gap between Rawls’s own empyrean heights and the really practical public policy proposals made by government planners, lobbyists, and legislators. Among the topics examined are natural rights, the morality of war, the treatment of mentally deficient humans and nonhuman sentient creatures, the controversies over legacy and affirmative action in college admissions, and the place of religious belief in a democratic society. The final chapter explores how Rawls’s own religious beliefs, as revealed in two works posthumously published in 2009, played into his formulation of his theory of justice.

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To probe the underlying premises of a liberal political order, John Rawls felt obliged to use a philosophical method that abstracted from many of the details of ordinary life. But this very abstraction became a point of criticism, as it left unclear the implications of his theory for public policies and life in the real political world...

Daniel A. Dombrowski is Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.32 inPublished:June 15, 2011Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

1 Rawls, Natural Rights, and the Process of Reflective Equilibrium

2 A Rawlsian View of War

3 Nussbaum, Mental Disability, and Animal Entitlements: A Rawlsian Perspective

4 A Rawlsian Critique of Legacy and Affirmative Action

5 “All for the Greater Glory of God”: Was Saint Ignatius Irrational?

6 Rawlsian Religion

References

Index

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“In this clear and accessible book, Daniel Dombrowski brings the political philosophy of John Rawls to bear on a number of topics of great practical interest: war, disability, animal rights, legacy admissions, affirmative action, and religious belief. Dombrowski’s explorations are informed by an expert knowledge of Rawls’s texts, by the latest scholarship, and by his own deep acquaintance with process thought. Dombrowski is therefore able to extend and challenge Rawls’s thought in original and provocative ways that thoughtful readers of Rawls will find most instructive.”—Paul Weithman, University of Notre Dame