Contexts of Justice: Political Philosophy beyond Liberalism and Communitarianism

Contexts of Justice: Political Philosophy beyond Liberalism and Communitarianism

by Rainer Forst
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520232259

ISBN-13: 9780520232259

Pub. Date: 02/27/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

Contexts of Justice, highly acclaimed when it was published in Germany, provides a significant new contribution to the important debate between communitarianism and liberalism. Rainer Forst argues for a theory of "contexts of justice" that leads beyond the narrow confines of this debate as it has been understood until now and posits the possibility of a new conception…  See more details below

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Contexts of Justice, highly acclaimed when it was published in Germany, provides a significant new contribution to the important debate between communitarianism and liberalism. Rainer Forst argues for a theory of "contexts of justice" that leads beyond the narrow confines of this debate as it has been understood until now and posits the possibility of a new conception of social and political justice. Bringing refreshing clarity to a complex topic, Forst investigates the vast literature on liberalism and communitarianism. He discusses in detail the work of communitarians such as Sandel, MacIntyre, Taylor, and Walzer and liberals such as Rawls, Dworkin, and Raz; examines recent debates about discursive democracy and feminist critiques of liberalism; and addresses such topics as multiculturalism and civil society. This provocative book will be invigorating reading for political theorists working in the tradition of critical theory, for liberal and communitarian theorists, and for philosophers and others interested in the future of democratic institutions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520232259
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/27/2002
Series:
Philosophy, Social Theory, and the Rule of Law Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Liberalism, Communitarianism, and the Question of Justice3
1The Constitution of the Self6
1.1The Critique of the "Unencumbered Self"8
1.2Ethical Person and Legal Person16
2The Ethical Neutrality of Law30
2.1Liberalism and Neutrality31
2.2Individual Rights and Autonomy as a Good48
2.3General Law and Particular Identities68
2.4Basic Individual Rights80
3The Ethos of Democracy88
3.1Modus Vivendi and Overlapping Consensus90
3.2Substantivist and Republican Communitarianism100
3.3Civil Society and Deliberative Democracy112
3.4Citizenship and Social Justice137
4Universalism and Contextualism154
4.1A Contextualist Universalism157
4.2Constructivism and Practical Reason173
4.3Which Person? Whose Reason?200
4.4Ethical Universalism and Modern Identity213
5Contexts of Justice230
5.1Justice and the Good231
5.2Contexts of Justification241
5.3Contexts of Recognition275
Notes293
Bibliography309
Index335

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