Liberalism and the Limits of Justice / Edition 2

Liberalism and the Limits of Justice / Edition 2

by Michael J. Sandel
     
 

A liberal society must govern by principles of justice that do not presuppose any particular vision of the good life. But can any such principles be found? These are the questions taken up in this penetrating critique of contemporary liberalism. See more details below

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A liberal society must govern by principles of justice that do not presuppose any particular vision of the good life. But can any such principles be found? These are the questions taken up in this penetrating critique of contemporary liberalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521562980
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition: The Limits of Communitarianism
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Liberalism and the Primacy of Justice1
1Justice and the Moral Subject15
The Primacy of Justice and the Priority of the Self15
Liberalism without Metaphysics: The Original Position24
The Circumstances of Justice: Empiricist Objections28
The Circumstances of Justice: Deontological Rejoinder40
In Search of the Moral Subject47
The Self and the Other: The Priority of Plurality50
The Self and Its Ends: The Subject of Possession54
Individualism and the Claims of Community60
2Possession, Desert, and Distributive Justice66
Libertarianism to Egalitarianism66
Meritocracy versus the Difference Principle72
Defending Common Assets77
The Basis of Desert82
Individual and Social Claims: Who Owns What?95
3Contract Theory and Justification104
The Morality of Contract105
Contracts versus Contractarian Arguments109
Liberalism and the Priority of Procedure113
What Really Goes on behind the Veil of Ignorance122
4Justice and the Good133
The Unity of the Self133
The Case of Affirmative Action135
Three Conceptions of Community147
Agency and the Role of Reflection154
Agency and the Role of Choice161
The Status of the Good165
The Moral Epistemology of Justice168
Justice and Community172
Conclusion: Liberalism and the Limits of Justice175
A Response to Rawls' Political Liberalism184
Bibliography219
Index227

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