Collected Papers

John Rawls, edited by Samuel Freeman, Collected Papers (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999).

Summary from Publisher:

John Rawls’s work on justice has drawn more commentary and aroused wider attention than any other work in moral or political philosophy in the twentieth century. Rawls is the author of two major treatises, A Theory of Justice (1971) and Political Liberalism (1993); it is said that A Theory of Justice revived political philosophy in the English-speaking world. But before and after writing his great treatises Rawls produced a steady stream of essays. Some of these essays articulate views of justice and liberalism distinct from those found in the two books. They are important in and of themselves because of the deep issues about the nature of justice, moral reasoning, and liberalism they raise as well as for the light they shed on the evolution of Rawls’s views. Some of the articles tackle issues not addressed in either book. They help identify some of the paths open to liberal theorists of justice and some of the knotty problems which liberal theorists must seek to resolve. A complete collection of John Rawls’s essays is long overdue.

Table of Contents:

Editor’s Preface

1. Outline of a Decision Procedure for Ethics

2. Two Concepts of Rules

3. Justice as Fairness

4. Constitutional Liberty and the Concept of Justice

5. The Sense of Justice

6. Legal Obligation and the Duty of Fair Play

7. Distributive Justice

8 Distributive Justice: Some Addenda

9. The Justification of Civil Disobedience

10. Justice as Reciprocity

11. Some Reasons for the Maximin Criterion

12. Reply to Alexander and Musgrave

13. A Kantian Conception of Equality

14. Fairness to Goodness

15. The Independence of Moral Theory

16. Kantian Constructivism in Moral Theory

17. Social Unity and Primary Goods

18. Justice as Fairness: Political not Metaphysical

19. Preface for the French Edition of A Theory of Justice

20. The Idea of an Overlapping Consensus

21. The Priority of Right and Ideas of the Good

22. The Domain of the Political and Overlapping Consensus

23. Themes in Kant’s Moral Philosophy

24. The Law of Peoples

25. Fifty Years after Hiroshima

26. The Idea of Public Reason Revisited

27. Commonweal Interview with John Rawls



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