Liberalism and the Limits of Justice / Edition 2

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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.
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"Michael Sandel's Liberalism and the Limits of Justice was instrumental in Launching the debate between liberalism and communitarianism which has dominated political theory for almost two decades..." Canadian Journal of Philosophy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521562980
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition: The Limits of Communitarianism
Introduction: Liberalism and the Primacy of Justice 1
1 Justice and the Moral Subject 15
The Primacy of Justice and the Priority of the Self 15
Liberalism without Metaphysics: The Original Position 24
The Circumstances of Justice: Empiricist Objections 28
The Circumstances of Justice: Deontological Rejoinder 40
In Search of the Moral Subject 47
The Self and the Other: The Priority of Plurality 50
The Self and Its Ends: The Subject of Possession 54
Individualism and the Claims of Community 60
2 Possession, Desert, and Distributive Justice 66
Libertarianism to Egalitarianism 66
Meritocracy versus the Difference Principle 72
Defending Common Assets 77
The Basis of Desert 82
Individual and Social Claims: Who Owns What? 95
3 Contract Theory and Justification 104
The Morality of Contract 105
Contracts versus Contractarian Arguments 109
Liberalism and the Priority of Procedure 113
What Really Goes on behind the Veil of Ignorance 122
4 Justice and the Good 133
The Unity of the Self 133
The Case of Affirmative Action 135
Three Conceptions of Community 147
Agency and the Role of Reflection 154
Agency and the Role of Choice 161
The Status of the Good 165
The Moral Epistemology of Justice 168
Justice and Community 172
Conclusion: Liberalism and the Limits of Justice 175
A Response to Rawls' Political Liberalism 184
Bibliography 219
Index 227
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