Related Ideas

Review these ideas and then go back to the main thread.

John Rawls published his major work, A Theory of Justice, in 1971 and continued to write and publish for another 30 years. His ideas were not static. He published a revised version of A Theory of Justice and also worked on a shorter restatement of his theory that was left incomplete at his death. Many of his later views can be found in his 1993 book Political Liberalism .

Because his career was long and his views changed, our dialog must present a simplified version of his ideas. For a short, clear discussion of his ideas, see Rawls: A Theory of Justice and its Critics by Chandran Kukathas and Philip Pettit or John Rawls: his Life and Theory of Justice by Thomas Pogge. For an excellent sampling of the early reaction to Rawls from other Anglo-American philosophers, see Reading Rawls edited by Norman Daniels.