This book introduces the reader to the political theories of the
American philosopher John Rawls. Rawls was arguably the most
important political philosopher of the twentieth century. Barely a
word of political philosophy is written today that is not indebted
in some way, either directly or indirectly, to the philosophical
paradigm that Rawls bequeathed. On his death at aged 81 in 2002 his
obituaries, written by some of the leading figures in Western
philosophy, placed him alongside John Locke and Immanuel Kant in
the canon of Western political philosophers. His colleague, the
philosopher Hilary Putnam, said: ?His work is not going to be
forgotten for decades, I think, for centuries.OCO "Rawls Explained"
sets out RawlsOCOs complex arguments in a way that makes them
accessible to first-time readers of his hugely influential work.
This book is both clear in its exposition of RawlsOCOs ideas and is
true to the complex purposes of his arguments. It also attends to
the variety of objections that have been made to RawlsOCOs
arguments since it is these objections that have shaped the
progression of his work. Therefore the aim of the book is to
explain the basic ideas of RawlsOCOs theory of justice in an
engaging but comprehensive fashion and to guide the reader
carefully through his arguments. The book is divided into three
parts corresponding to the three books that form the core of
RawlsOCOs theory: "A Theory of Justice" (1971), "Political
Liberalism" (1993) and "The Law of Peoples" (1999). This volume
sets out RawlsOCOs ideas in the form of a critical exposition that
elaborates the central themes and philosophical background of his
arguments. Each section of the book ends with a survey of some of
the main criticisms of the arguments coupled with RawlsOCOs
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