John Rawls' Theory of Justice and Its Critics

John Rawls' Theory of Justice and Its Critics

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By (author) Chandran Kukathas, By (author) Philip Pettit

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  • Publisher: Polity Press
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 16mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 15 January 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0745602827
  • ISBN 13: 9780745602820
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  • Sales rank: 279,408

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John Rawls' "A Theory of Justice" has been influential in philosophy, political theory, welfare economics and jurisprudence. This book is thought to be the first full-length study of Rawls' work. It provides a concise account of Rawls' central ideas, situates them within contemporary debates, and submits them to critical scrutiny. Kukathas and Petit discuss, among other things, the utilitarian orthodoxy and its problems; the emergence of majoritarian and other social choice alternatives; the contractarian synthesis and its policy implications; the notion of reflective equilibrium; and the various critiques of the contractarian view.

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A new departure; a contractarian theory; a theory of justics; a problem of interpretation; the liberatarian critique; the self-critique.