Rawls's Political Liberalism

Paperback | May 5, 2015

EditorThom Brooks, Martha C. Nussbaum

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Widely hailed as one of the most significant works in modern political philosophy, John Rawls's Political Liberalism (1993) defended a powerful vision of society that respects reasonable ways of life, both religious and secular. These core values have never been more critical as anxiety grows over political and religious difference and new restrictions are placed on peaceful protest and individual expression.

This anthology of original essays suggests new, groundbreaking applications of Rawls's work in multiple disciplines and contexts. Thom Brooks, Martha Nussbaum, Onora O'Neill (University of Cambridge), Paul Weithman (University of Notre Dame), Jeremy Waldron (New York University), and Frank Michelman (Harvard University) explore political liberalism's relevance to the challenges of multiculturalism, the relationship between the state and religion, the struggle for political legitimacy, and the capabilities approach. Extending Rawls's progressive thought to the fields of law, economics, and public reason, this book helps advance the project of a free society that thrives despite disagreements over religious and moral views.

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Widely hailed as one of the most significant works in modern political philosophy, John Rawls's Political Liberalism (1993) defended a powerful vision of society that respects reasonable ways of life, both religious and secular. These core values have never been more critical as anxiety grows over political and religious difference an...

Thom Brooks is Professor of Law and Government at Durham University. He is the author of Punishment and founding editor of the Journal of Moral Philosophy. He has edited several collections, including The Legacy of John Rawls and The Global Justice Reader.Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Et...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780231149716

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Table of Contents

Preface, by Thom Brooks and Martha C. NussbaumList of AbbreviationsIntroduction, by Martha C. Nussbaum1. Changing Constructions, by Onora O'Neill2. Legitimacy and the Project of Political Liberalism, by Paul Weithman3. Isolating Public Reasons, by Jeremy Waldron4. The Capabilities Approach and Political Liberalism, by Thom Brooks5. The Priority of Liberty: Rawls and "Tiers of Scrutiny", by Frank I. MichelmanIndex

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These essays by leading political, moral, and legal theorists provide significant interpretations and reassessments of the central ideas of Rawls's Political Liberalism. Martha Nussbaum's introduction is a real service, a must read particularly for those new to the field. Frank Michelman's essay is the best work of its kind on the constitutional specification of the basic liberties, and Jeremy Waldron presents significant new challenges to the idea of public reason. Highly recommended.