Portland State University. Department of Political Science
Craig L. Carr
Date of Publication
Master of Science (M.S.) in Political Science
John Rawls (1921-2002), Self (Philosophy)
1 online resource (123 p.)
John Rawls' A Theory of Justice stands as the single most important work in the Anglo-American liberal tradition after World War II. In A Theory of Justice, Rawls revives the social contract doctrine in order to determine principles of justice that would be chosen by persons who are free and equal moral individuals. Since Rawls believes that no single conception of the good can establish justice in a pluralistic society, he posits a set of principles of right which are prior to any particular good. Thus his theory, which he calls "justice as fairness," is deontological. Since its publication in 1971, A Theory of Justice has generated extensive critical response from writers all along the philosophical spectrum.
Mansfield, Johnathan Edward, "John Rawls, the conception of a liberal self, and the communitarian critique" (1990). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4142.