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Liberalism and the Limits of Justice
     

Liberalism and the Limits of Justice

by Michael J. Sandel
 

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A liberal society seeks not to impose a single way of life, but to leave its citizens as free as possible to choose their own values and ends. It therefore must govern by principles of justice that do not presuppose any particular vision of the good life. But can any such principles be found? And if not, what are the consequences for justice as a moral and political

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A liberal society seeks not to impose a single way of life, but to leave its citizens as free as possible to choose their own values and ends. It therefore must govern by principles of justice that do not presuppose any particular vision of the good life. But can any such principles be found? And if not, what are the consequences for justice as a moral and political ideal? These are the questions Michael Sandel takes up in this penetrating critique of contemporary liberalism. Sandel locates modern liberalism in the tradition of Kant, and focuses on its most influential recent expression in the work of John Rawls. In the most important challenge yet to Rawls' theory of justice, Sandel traces the limits of liberalism to the conception of the person that underlies it, and argues for a deeper understanding of community than liberalism allows.

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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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ISBN-13:
9781139636216
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,083,517
File size:
465 KB

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