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Why Political Liberalism?: On John Rawls's Political Turn

Paul Weithman


This book offers a fresh, rigorous and compelling interpretation of John Rawls's reasons for taking his so-called “political turn”. The book takes Rawls at his word that justice as fairness was recast as a form of political liberalism because of inconsistencies Rawls found in his early treatment of social stability. The book argues that those inconsistencies are best seen by identifying one of the threats to stability with which the early Rawls was concerned: the generalized prisoner's dilemma. Showing how the Rawls of A Theory of Justice tried to avert that threat shows that the much-neglecte ... More

Keywords: John Rawls, prisoner's dilemma, Immanuel Kant, political liberalism, justice as fairness, congruence, stability, justice, liberalism, theodicy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195393033
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393033.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Weithman, author
University of Notre Dame
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