John Rawls

[Revised entry by Leif Wenar on January 9, 2017. Changes to: Bibliography] John Rawls (b. 1921, d. 2002) was an American political philosopher in the liberal tradition. His theory of justice as
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[Revised entry by Leif Wenar on January 9, 2017. Changes to: Bibliography] John Rawls (b. 1921, d. 2002) was an American political philosopher in the liberal tradition. His theory of justice as fairness describes a society of free citizens holding equal basic rights and cooperating within an egalitarian economic system. His theory of political liberalism delineates the legitimate use of political power in a democracy, and envisions how civic unity might endure despite the diversity of worldviews that free institutions allow. His writings on the law of peoples set out a liberal...

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