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Justice as fairness : a restatement

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). Rawls offers a broad overview of his main lines of thought and also explores specific issues never before addressed in any of his writings. He 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
Print Book, English, 2001
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2001
xviii, 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780674005105, 9780674005112, 0674005104, 0674005112
Principles of Justice
The Argument from the Original Position
Institutions of a Just Basic Structure
The Question of Stability