How Kantian Is Rawls’s “Kantian Constructivism”?

  • David Heyd
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Idées book series (ARCH, volume 128)


The following is yet another contribution to the vast corpus of Rawlsiana which has grown during the past two decades to reach a size rapidly approaching that of the literature on Kant. But at the same time, it is an attempt to critically examine Rawls’s reading of Kant and to come to some conclusions about Kant’s ethical theory.


Human Nature Original Position Moral Theory Social Cooperation Reflective Equilibrium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Heyd
    • 1
  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

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