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5.0 out of 5 stars Liberalism never stands still
Rawls attempts to find a single point of measurement for liberalism in this book. But unless we have the room or time to have a proper debate this book should only be reviewed in light of the contribution it makes.

A theory of justice set the scene for a liberal revival in 70's but this book is about reflecting on the criticisms he received and incorporating...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Theories of Justice
Rawls' 1971 'A Theory of Justice' changed 20th century political thought. This book modifies his initial discussion somewhat, partly in light of criticism. For example, he no longer describes a social contract between 'heads of households' and makes a more explicit attempt to include women.
The centre of his argument, however, is that a stable society needs a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Theories of Justice, 9 Sep 2002
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Rawls' 1971 'A Theory of Justice' changed 20th century political thought. This book modifies his initial discussion somewhat, partly in light of criticism. For example, he no longer describes a social contract between 'heads of households' and makes a more explicit attempt to include women.
The centre of his argument, however, is that a stable society needs a reasonable 'overlapping consenses' on values. He puts forward an argument for justice that is 'political, not metaphysical' and argues for state neutrality between competing conceptions of the good (rejecting his 'comprehensive doctrine').
Any follow-up to A Theory of Justice from Rawls is bound to be important and influential, and for that reason I recommend it. I only give 3* because I didn't find it as interesting as A Theory of Justice or think it corrected all the faults with his system. Indeed his notion of a neutral political liberalism seems as flawed as his Original Position.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liberalism never stands still, 26 Feb 2008
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This review is from: Political Liberalism (Columbia Classics in Philosophy) (Paperback)
Rawls attempts to find a single point of measurement for liberalism in this book. But unless we have the room or time to have a proper debate this book should only be reviewed in light of the contribution it makes.

A theory of justice set the scene for a liberal revival in 70's but this book is about reflecting on the criticisms he received and incorporating them once agian into a logical and systematic progression of thoguht. The failrue of some is to think that this is supposed to BE Liberalism - this misses the point all liberal thinkers are merely contributions to a ever modified debate. A more radical view would be to counter the notion of progressive history and suggest that this firmly shifts the basis for Liberal thoguht.

This book is imperotant becasue it allows Liberalism to carry on - We have this much to be thankful for.
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