Liberalism and the Limits of Justice

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 28, 1998 - Philosophy - 231 pages
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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. This new edition includes a new introduction and a new final chapter in which Professor Sandel responds to the later work of John Rawls.
 

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My (extensive) critique here: http://www.partiallyexaminedlife.com/2015/10/21/the-incoherence-of-michael-sandels-critique-of-liberalism/

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A critique of Rawls' A Theory of Justice which aims - - successfully I think - - to show that the 'veil of ignorance' trope - - defining a just society prior to knowing one's place in it - - can only work by denying that shared concepts and values are integral to our identities. Read full review

Contents

Justice and the Moral Subject
15
THE ORIGINAL POSITION
24
EMPIRICIST OBJECTIONS
28
DEONTOLOGICAL REJOINDER
40
IN SEARCH OF THE MORAL SUBJECT
47
THE PRIORITY OF PLURALITY
50
THE SUBJECT OF POSSESSION
54
INDIVIDUALISM AND THE CLAIMS OF COMMUNITY
60
Justice and the Good
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

Possession Desert and Distributive Justice
66
MERITOCRACY VERSUS THE DIFFERENCE PRINCIPLE
72
DEFENDING COMMON ASSETS
77
THE BASIS OF DESERT
82
Who Owns What?
95
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
Liberalism and the Limits of Justice
175
CHARACTER SELFKNOWLEDGE AND FRIENDSHIP
178
A Response to Rawls Political Liberalism
184
CONTESTING THE PRIORITY OF THE RIGHT OVER THE GOOD
185
DEFENDING THE PRIORITY OF THE RIGHT OVER THE GOOD
189
ASSESSING POLITICAL LIBERALISM
195
Bibliography
219
Index
227
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