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Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy / Edition 1

Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy / Edition 1

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by John Rawls
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674024923

ISBN-13: 9780674024922

Pub. Date: 03/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard University Press

This last book by the late John Rawls, derived from written lectures and notes for his long-running course on modern political philosophy, offers readers an account of the liberal political tradition from a scholar viewed by many as the greatest contemporary exponent of the philosophy behind that tradition.

Rawls's goal in the lectures was, he wrote, "to

Overview

This last book by the late John Rawls, derived from written lectures and notes for his long-running course on modern political philosophy, offers readers an account of the liberal political tradition from a scholar viewed by many as the greatest contemporary exponent of the philosophy behind that tradition.

Rawls's goal in the lectures was, he wrote, "to identify the more central features of liberalism as expressing a political conception of justice when liberalism is viewed from within the tradition of democratic constitutionalism." He does this by looking at several strands that make up the liberal and democratic constitutional traditions, and at the historical figures who best represent these strands--among them the contractarians Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau; the utilitarians Hume, Sidgwick, and J. S. Mill; and Marx regarded as a critic of liberalism. Rawls's lectures on Bishop Joseph Butler also are included in an appendix. Constantly revised and refined over three decades, Rawls's lectures on these figures reflect his developing and changing views on the history of liberalism and democracy--as well as how he saw his own work in relation to those traditions.

With its clear and careful analyses of the doctrine of the social contract, utilitarianism, and socialism--and of their most influential proponents--this volume has a critical place in the traditions it expounds. Marked by Rawls's characteristic patience and curiosity, and scrupulously edited by his student and teaching assistant, Samuel Freeman, these lectures are a fitting final addition to his oeuvre, and to the history of political philosophy as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674024922
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.46(d)

Table of Contents


Editor's Foreword     ix
Introductory Remarks     xvii
Texts Cited     xix
Introduction: Remarks on Political Philosophy     1
Lectures on Hobbes
Hobbes's Secular Moralism and the Role of His Social Contract     23
Human Nature and the State of Nature     41
Hobbes's Account of Practical Reasoning     54
The Role and Powers of the Sovereign     73
Hobbes Index     94
Lectures on Locke
His Doctrine of Natural Law     103
His Account of a Legitimate Regime     122
Property and the Class State     138
Lectures on Hume
"Of the Original Contract"     159
Utility, Justice, and the Judicious Spectator     174
Lectures on Rousseau
The Social Contract: Its Problem     191
The Social Contract: Assumptions and the General Will (I)     214
The General Will (II) and the Question of Stability     229
Lectures on Mill
His Conception of Utility     251
His Account of Justice     266
The Principle of Liberty     284
His Doctrine as a Whole     297
Remarks on Mill's Social Theory     314
Lectures on Marx
His View of Capitalism as a Social System     319
His Conception of Right and Justice     335
His Ideal: A Society of Freely Associated Producers     354
Appendixes
Four Lectures on Henry Sidgwick
Sidgwick's Methods of Ethics     375
Sidgwick on Justice and on the Classical Principle of Utility     385
Sidgwick's Utilitarianism     392
Summary of Utilitarianism     412
Five Lectures on Joseph Butler
The Moral Constitution of Human Nature     416
The Nature and Authority of Conscience     422
The Economy of the Passions     432
Butler's Argument against Egoism     439
Supposed Conflict between Conscience and Self-Love     446
Additional Notes on Butler     452
Course Outline     458
Index     460

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