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The Resource Political liberalism, John Rawls

Political liberalism, John Rawls

Label
Political liberalism
Title
Political liberalism
Statement of responsibility
John Rawls
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Political Liberalism John Rawls continues and revises the idea of justice as fairness he presented in A Theory of Justice, but changes its philosophical interpretation in a fundamental way. His earlier work assumed what Rawls calls a "well-ordered society", one that is stable, relatively homogenous in its basic moral beliefs, and in which there is broad agreement about what constitutes the good life. Yet in modern democratic society a plurality of incompatible and irreconcilable doctrines - religious, philosophical, and moral - coexist within the framework of democratic institutions. Indeed, free institutions themselves encourage this plurality of doctrines as the normal outgrowth of freedom over time. Recognizing this as a permanent condition of democracy, Rawls therefore asks, how can a stable and just society of free and equal citizens live in concord when deeply divided by these reasonable, but incompatible, doctrines? His answer is based on a redefinition of a "well-ordered society". It is no longer a society united in its basic moral beliefs but in its political conception of justice, and this justice is the focus of an overlapping consensus of reasonable comprehensive doctrines. Justice as fairness is now presented as an example of such a political conception; that it can be the focus of an overlapping consensus means that it can be endorsed by the main religious, philosophical, and moral doctrines that endure over time in a well-ordered society. Such a consensus, Rawls believes, represents the most likely basis of society unity available in a constitutional democratic regime. Were it achieved, it would extend and complete the movement of thought that began three centuries agowith the gradual if reluctant acceptance of the principle of toleration. This process would end with the full acceptance and understanding of modern liberties
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DLC
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1921-2002
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Rawls, John
Index
index present
LC call number
JC578
LC item number
.R37 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
John Dewey essays in philosophy
Series volume
no. 4
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Justice
  • Liberalism
  • Political stability
Label
Political liberalism, John Rawls
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Publication
Copyright
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Includes index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
27107510
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxiv, 401 pages
Isbn
9780231052481
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92043224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Political liberalism, John Rawls
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
27107510
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxiv, 401 pages
Isbn
9780231052481
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92043224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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