|aJustice as fairness :|ba restatement /|cJohn Rawls ; edited by Erin Kelly.
|aCambridge, Mass. :|bHarvard University Press,|c2001.
|axviii, 214 p. :|bill. ;|c24 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aThis book originated as lectures for a course on political philosophy that Rawls taught regularly at Harvard in the 1980s. In time the lectures became a restatement of his theory of justice as fairness, revised in light of his more recent papers and his treatise Political Liberalism (1993). Rawls offers a broad overview of his main lines of thought and also explores specific issues never before addressed in any of his writings. He is well aware that since the publication of A Theory of Justice in 1971, American society has moved farther away from the idea of justice as fairness. Yet his ideas retain their power and relevance to debates in a pluralistic society about the meaning and theoretical viability of liberalism. This book demonstrates that moral clarity can be achieved even when a collective commitment to justice is uncertain.