Thursday, March 22, 2012


Hot off the press -- Thom Brooks (ed.), Rawls and Law (Ashgate, 2012). The blurb:

"John Rawls (1921-2002) is widely held to be amongst the most important political philosophers for over a century. This volume, which is the first work of its kind to publish in one place the most influential essays in the field, features articles on a wide range of subjects including constitutionalism, democratic theory, egalitarianism, feminism, global justice, political liberalism, the rule of law, and public reason. The collection informs scholars and students coming to the study of Rawls's work for the first time of the importance and complexity of Rawl's ideas, and sheds light on how these ideas might be further improved and applied."

Introduction, Thom Brooks

Part I Constitutional Law
Rawls on constitutionalism and constitutional law, Frank I Michelman
Rawls and the law, Ronald Dworkin
Are there limits to constitutional change? Rawls on comprehensive doctrines, unconstitutional amendments, and the basis of equality, Charles A. Kelbley
A backdoor to policy making: the use of philosophers by the Supreme Court, Neomi Rao
Does philosophy deserve a place at the Supreme Court?, Thom Brooks

Part II Immigration
Immigration, association, and the family, Matthew Lister

Part III Political Liberalism and Public Reason
Political liberalism, Michael J. Sandel
The subject of liberalism, Frank I. Michelman
Some problems with public reason in John Rawls's political liberalism, Kent Greenawalt
Can a liberal take his own side in an argument? The case for John Rawls's idea of political liberalism, Ronald C. Den Otter

Part IV
On belling the cat: Rawls and tort as corrective justice, Kevin A Kordana and David H. Tabachnick
Private order and public justice: Kant and Rawls, Arthur Ripstein

Part V Reparations
Rawls and reparation, Martin D. Carcieri

Part VI Global Justice and International Law
From Utopia to Kazanistan: John Rawls and the law of peoples, John Tasioulas
The incoherence between Rawls's theories of justice, Thomas W. Pogge
Why Rawls is not a cosmopolitan egalitarian, Leif Wenar
Preventing military intervention? John Rawls and Jurgen Habermas on a just global order, Regina Kreide
Human rights and liberal toleration, David Reidy

Name index

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