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Why Political Liberalism?: On John Rawls's Political Turn (Oxford Political Philosophy) Hardcover – February 1, 2011

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  • Series: Oxford Political Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195393031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195393033
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,449,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Paul Weithman has written an original, important, and enlightening study of Rawl's 'political turn'." --Gerald Gaus, Ethics

"Why Political Liberalism? is a wonderful book, one that is required reading for anyone with an interest in Rawls's political philosophy."
 --Blaine Neufeld, Notre Dame Philosophical Review

"Paul Weithman has written what is undoubtedly the most patient, probing, and imaginative study we have of John Rawls' 'political liberalism'. Explaining the reasons for the dramatic shift in Rawls' later thinking about the nature of justice and political society, Weithman also shows why this reorientation ought to engage the attention of anyone who cares about liberal ideals and the fate of democratic institutions. This book is not only an interpretive work of the first order. It also constitutes a distinctive theoretical achievement in its own right." --Charles Larmore, Brown University

"Weithman's reconstruction of Rawls's arguments is masterful, convincing and in many ways revelatory. Readers will find that the text provides compelling answers to a lot of puzzling questions about Rawls's project that have lingered for some time. Perhaps most importantly, Weithman gives the best explanation to date of exactly why Rawls felt compelled to revise his theory as he did." --Colin Bird, University of Virginia

"Weithman has written a masterful work of Rawls scholarship. This book will deepen our understanding of how and why Rawls restructured his theory, and illuminate this fascinating transition in the history of political philosophy." --Leif Wenar, Kings College London

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Excellent, original read that tries to do justice to Rawls's shift from TJ to PL without losing sight of the public reason & stability arguments, so as to avoid nonpolitical conceptions of moral motivation within the WOS
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