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Liberalism Beyond Justice: Citizens, Society, and the Boundaries of Political Theory. Paperback – April 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0691049694 ISBN-10: 0691049696

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691049696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691049694
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,767,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Tomasi insists that if political liberalism is to fulfill its aims its content must be revised to accommodate citizens who hold diverse but reasonable ethical commitments. His book constitutes a provocative challenge to much of the received wisdom about the content and place of justice within liberal thought. It will be read with interest by political and ethical liberals alike."--Matthew Clayton, Political Studies

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"This is a daring, inventive, and engagingly written book. Tomasi escapes the current liberal fixation with justice and legitimacy by asking searching questions about how truly good lives can be led under a just liberal regime. His answers will be controversial, but they command our attention because they test the very limits of the liberal tradition."--Eamonn Callan, Stanford University

"This book raises important questions about the relation between justice and a fuller account of what gives meaning and value to life. Tomasi's argument asks liberals to become aware of the consequences of politics guided by liberal justice for different ways of life, and when possible to take responsibility for those consequences. This book challenges widely held understandings of liberalism and is sure to spark a fruitful debate."--William A. Galston, Maryland School of Public Affairs

"Liberalism, as Tomasi conceives it, holds that moral questions are not always questions of justice, and moral answers need not and sometimes cannot take the form of building further guarantees into our institutions of political governance. For the sake of liberalism, Tomasi argues, we need to leave High Liberalism behind. A truly unsettling book, but also an admirable and much-needed book."--David Schmidtz, University of Arizona

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More About the Author

John Tomasi is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Brown University, where he has twice been awarded University prizes for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He is the founding director of The Political Theory Project, an independent research center at Brown that supports scholarship and encourages political dialogue on campus.
Tomasi did his graduate work in political philosophy at the University of Arizona (M.A.) and Oxford University (B.Phil., D.Phil.). He has held positions at The University Center for Human Values at Princeton, the Department of Philosophy at Stanford, the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, and the Freedom Center at the University of Arizona.
In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Tomasi is the author of Liberalism Beyond Justice: Citizens, Society and the Boundaries of Political Theory (Princeton University Press, 2001) and Free Market Fairness (Princeton University Press, 2012).

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