John Rawls, Friend and Teacher

Samuel Freeman, "John Rawls, Friend and Teacher," Chronicle of Higher Education, December 13, 2012.


The philosopher John Rawls has died at 81. It’s well known that he had an enormous influence on academic discussions of social, political, and economic justice: His 1971 book, A Theory of Justice, is widely recognized as the most significant work in political philosophy since J.S. Mill’s 1869 On Liberty. So it’s not surprising that, even in the short time since Rawls’s death, we have already seen numerous tributes that focus on his formidable intellectual contributions. But I’d like to add some personal reflections.


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