Toleration, Diversity, and Global Justice [Book Review]

Dialogue 42 (1):182-183 (2003)
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In recent years, there has been a proliferation of studies of international justice. This book is a valuable contribution to that trend. Tan presents his theory as a rival to Rawls’s “law of peoples”. He argues that his critique of Rawls’s work on international justice points to deep flaws in Rawls’s general account of justice and not merely to a mistaken application in a particular area. Specifically, Tan claims that the core fault of the law of peoples is its neglect of individual liberty and that this neglect “stems ultimately from political liberalism’s mistaken stress on toleration as the fundamental liberal principle”. Tan argues that comprehensive liberalism is superior to political liberalism because it takes “individual autonomy to be fundamental”.



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