Rawls's Law of Peoples: A Realistic Utopia?

Rawls's Law of Peoples: A Realistic Utopia?

Editor(s): Rex Martin, David A. Reidy

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405135306

Online ISBN: 9780470776612

DOI: 10.1002/9780470776612

About this Book

John Rawlsis considered the most important theorist of justice in much of western Europe and the English-speaking world more generally. This volume examines Rawls's theory of international justice as worked out in his last and perhaps most controversial book, The Law of Peoples. It contains new and stimulating essays, some sympathetic, others critical, written by pre-eminent theorists in the field. These essays situate Rawls's The Law of Peoples historically and methodologically, and examine all its key ingredients: its thin cosmopolitanism, its doctrine of human rights, its principles of global economic justice, and its normative theory of liberal foreign policy. The book will set the terms of the debate on The Law of Peoples for years to come, thereby shaping the broader debates about global justice.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Background and Structure

  2. Part II: Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Universalism: Questions of Priority and Coherence

  3. Part III: On Human Rights

  4. Part IV: On Global Economic Justice

  5. Part V: On Liberal Democratic Foreign Policy

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