A Fair State

Bernard Williams

  • Political Liberalism by John Rawls
    Columbia, 416 pp, £19.95, June 1993, ISBN 0 231 05248 0

It is over twenty years since John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice was published. It was recognised at once as an immensely significant contribution to modern political philosophy, and its reputation has only grown since. There are many questions, about social justice, toleration and the stability of a modern state, that can scarcely be discussed unless one starts from ideas that have been shaped by Rawls.

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