John Rawls: Towards a Just World Order

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Providing a critical examination of the political philosophy and international thought of the contemporary American philosopher John Rawls, this book shows an account of Rawls’s views regarding the nature of social justice among states and the international law and morality he considers necessary to secure universal human rights and political stability among states. A concise and critical analysis of one of the foremost political philosophers, this carefully examines Rawls’s theories of domestic and international...
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Overview

Providing a critical examination of the political philosophy and international thought of the contemporary American philosopher John Rawls, this book shows an account of Rawls’s views regarding the nature of social justice among states and the international law and morality he considers necessary to secure universal human rights and political stability among states. A concise and critical analysis of one of the foremost political philosophers, this carefully examines Rawls’s theories of domestic and international justice and his arguments for a cosmopolitan variation on his law of peoples.
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Choice
A significant contribution to debates concerning universal human rights . . . very useful.
Choice

“. . . very readable . . . makes a significant contribution to debates concerning universal human rights . . . recommended.” –Choice

Canadian Journal of Political Science

“. . . clear and thorough in reviewing the development of Rawls’s thinking . . . International Relations specialists should read this book as a vigorous defence of cosmopolitanism.” –Canadian Journal of Political Science

Cambridge Review of International Affairs

“. . . an important critique of Rawls’s statism . . .” –Cambridge Review of International Affairs

Contemporary Political Theory

“. . . a very useful survey of Rawls’s work, its unique selling point is that it gives due weight to the international dimension of Rawls’s theory.” –Contemporary Political Theory

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Meet the Author

Patrick Hayden is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern State University. He is the author of Multiplicity and Becoming: The Pluralist Empiricism of Gilles Deleuze (1998), the editor of The Philosophy of Human Rights (2001) and has published widely on contemporary philosophy, human rights and the work of John Rawls.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

I. The Framework and Principles of Justice as Fairness 
1. Contractarian Theory and the Principles of Justice 
2. The Basic Rights and Liberties
II. The International Dimensions of Justice as Fairness
3. From Domestic to International Justice
4. The Problem of Human Rights

Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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