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Applying Rawls in the Twenty-First Century

Race, Gender, the Drug War, and the Right to Die

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. 1 An Overview of Rawls

  2. Race

  3. Gender

  4. Autonomy


About this book

John Rawls was the most influential political thinker of the twentieth century. This book applies his theory of justice to four perennial matters of concern that remain contested in the twenty-first century. Drawing surprising implications, this book deepens our understanding of these issues and points the way toward rational, just policy reform.


"One often hears the criticism that it is unclear how to get from 'here' to 'there' in Rawls, with 'here' referring to Rawls's very abstract theory and 'there' referring to the realistic utopia that he had in mind. Martin Carcieri's book makes this transition much easier in four crucial areas, especially regarding the contentious issue of race. This book is highly recommended reading for both political liberals and opponents to liberalism!" - Daniel A. Dombrowski, Professor of Philosophy, Seattle University, USA

About the author

Martin D. Carcieri is Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, USA. He holds a JD from University of California, Hastings, USA and a PhD from University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. He has won four teaching awards and is the author of twenty-five journal articles and book chapters on Constitutional Law and Political Theory.

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