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Understanding Rawls: A Reconstruction & Critique of a Theory of Justice

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Briefly, I propose to read A Theory of Justice not as a single piece of philosophical argument to be tested and accepted whole, but as a complex, many-layered record of at least twenty years of philosophical growth and development. I shall argue that Rawls began with a simple, coherent, comprehensible problem and a brilliant idea for its
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Published December 31st 1977 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 1977)
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Alejandro Teruel
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Interesting critique of John Rawls work as set out in three key writings: Justice as Fairness (1958), Distributive Justice (1967) and A Theory of Justice (1971). In his introduction, Wolff aptly points out that:
A Theory of Justice, by John Rawls, is an important book, but it is also a puzzling book. It is extremely long, and parts of it move very slowly. Rawls shifts repeatedly from the most sophisticated deployment of the formal methods of economics and mathematics to discussion of outdated
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Robert Paul Wolff is an American political philosopher. An alumnus of Harvard University, he currently teaches at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He was primarily known for his research on Immanuel Kant.