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John Rawls: Reticent Socialist


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Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Conceptions of property in the original position; 2. Property-owning democracy versus liberal socialism; 3. Fair value and the fact of domination; 4. The four-stage sequence; 5. The circumstances of politics; 6. Rescuing the difference principle; 7. The special psychologies; 8. Socialism and stability; 9. The common content; 10. The property question; 11. Religion and reticence; 12. Non-ideal theory: the transition to socialism; Bibliography; Index.

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The first detailed reconstruction of the late work of John Rawls, further developing his ideas of 'justice-as-fairness'.

About the Author

William A. Edmundson is Regents Professor of Law and Philosophy at Georgia State University College of Law. He is the author of Three Anarchical Fallacies (Cambridge, 1998) and An Introduction to Rights (Cambridge, 2012), and editor of The Duty to Obey the Law (1999) and The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory (2004). He is also the series editor of the Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Law.


'Edmundson has written an admirably concise yet powerful book.' Nick Cowen, The Review of Politics
'John Rawls: Reticent Socialist is a valuable contribution to the debate about which social institutions best allow us to treat each other as moral equals.' Nick Cowen, The Review of Politics
'It is one of the greatest merits of William Edmundson's analysis in John Rawls: Reticent Socialist to unambiguously bring out Rawls's profound hostility to a capitalist society characterized by both economic exploitation and political domination, where those with more money and resources can undermine the fair value of political liberties by exerting disproportionate influence on political processes that further entrench their accumulated advantage.' Lea Ypi, Catalyst

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