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Political Liberalism

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Political Liberalism

This article is about John Rawls's book 'Political Liberalism.' For a broader description and history of liberal philosophy, see the article: Liberalism.
Political Liberalism
The first edition
Author John Rawls
Country United States
Language English
Subject Political philosophy
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Columbia University Press
1993
Media type Print
Pages 496
ISBN
OCLC 56419326
320.51 22
LC Class JC578 .R37 2005

Political Liberalism is a 1993 book by John Rawls, an update to his earlier A Theory of Justice (1971), in which he attempts to show that his theory of justice is not a "comprehensive conception of the good", but is instead compatible with a liberal conception of the role of justice: namely, that government should be neutral between competing conceptions of the good. Rawls tries to show that his two principles of justice, properly understood, form a "theory of the right" (as opposed to a theory of the good) which would be supported by all reasonable individuals, even under conditions of reasonable pluralism. The mechanism by which he demonstrates this is called "overlapping consensus". Here he also develops his idea of public reason.

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