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Liberalism and the Limits of Justice [Hardcover]

Michael J. Sandel
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March 28, 1998 0521562988 978-0521562980 2
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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"Michael Sandel's Liberalism and the Limits of Justice was instrumental in Launching the debate between liberalism and communitarianism which has dominated political theory for almost two decades..." Canadian Journal of Philosophy

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A liberal society must govern by principles of justice that do not presuppose any particular vision of the good life. But can any such principles be found? These are the questions taken up in this penetrating critique of contemporary liberalism.

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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (March 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521562988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521562980
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,066,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at the University of Harvard. Sandel's legendary 'Justice' course is one of the most popular and influential at Harvard. In 2007, Harvard made Sandel's course available to alumni around the world through webstreaming and podcasting. Over 5,000 participants signed up, and Harvard Clubs from Mexico to Australia organized local discussion groups in connection with the course. In May 2007, Sandel delivered a series of lectures at major universities in China and he has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, Paris. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. Sandel is the author of many books and has previously written for the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic and the New York Times. He was the 2009 BBC Reith Lecturer.

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A dense but not a difficult read, Sandel's Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (LLJ) is a useful introduction to political and moral reasoning. The primary purpose of the book is to bring to the forefront the fundamental weaknesses of the liberalist position as according to Rawls, which LLJ succeeds in doing. The book is, however, not a full-on frontal assault on Rawlsian Liberalism, but a thought provoking challenge to its assumptions and logical inconsistencies. Particularly enguaging is the discussion of the notion of Personhood and how Rawls wavers on his application of that concept to his concept of Justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Justice in Public Square June 25, 2014
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This is a well written essay about Rawls argument, as we see in A Theory of Justice and Political Liberalism. Sandel exposes Rawls conception of justice as fairness and presents its alleged disadvantages. The author challenges the priority of the right from the good. Deliberation in public square, it seems, can't occur without a closest examination of the differents conceptions of the good. Liberalism and its goal of neutrality about the many ideas of good life, Sandel argues, is not a possible enterprise. This is a subject that requires further reflection. Pluralism is an essential feature of democratics societies. Pluralism requires more than tolerance about the diverses conceptions of the good. We must organize the basic structure of society in order to allow the cultivation and nourishment of diverses ideas of good life.
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