Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Is lethal injection "cruel and unusual punishment"?

I certainly believe this is true ---as I think it is clear that the death penalty is at least a cruel punishment no matter its form--- but now the U.S. Supreme Court will make a ruling on this question. My hopes are not high that they will ban such executions, although I am hopeful the current Court will offer some signals on what conditions must be satisfied to finally ban all forms of capital punishment in the United States all together. (Details here.)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Legacy of John Rawls - now in paperback!



I am delighted to announce that Fabian Freyenhagen and my collection of essays, The Legacy of John Rawls, is now out in a new paperback edition. It was originally published in 2005. The book is available from Continuum here or at Amazon.co.uk. A blurb:

"John Rawls was unquestionably the most important moral and political philosopher of the last one hundred years. His A Theory of Justice published in 1971 is already a classic text, and his political philosophy is more widely studied than that of any other theorist.

John Rawls was unquestionably the most important moral and political philosopher of the last one hundred years. His A Theory of Justice published in 1971 is already a classic text, and his political philosophy is more widely studied than that of any other theorist. Interest in Rawls's work has increased still further since his recent death and the publication of his complete works, but until now, there has been no single volume that explores the legacy of his work. This book fills the void, making a substantial contribution not only to work on Rawls's thought but to contemporary debates in ethics and justice as well. The book will be of great interest to academics and students in philosophy, politics, and law departments alike."

"This volume belongs in the library of anyone with a serious interest in contemporary political philosophy."

Lawrence B. Solum