Critical Notice: John Rawls, The Law of Peoples

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 31 (1):113-132 (2001)
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This review essay on John Rawls’s The Law of Peoples focuses on two of its more contentious claims. The first is that international economic justice is secured by a principle of assistance and that a principle of distributive justice will in fact have “unacceptable” results. The other is that certain non-liberal societies, or peoples, fall within the limits of international toleration. The essay evaluates and critiques these claims from a liberal cosmopolitan perspective.

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Theory of Justice.John Rawls - 1972 - Journal of Philosophy 69 (18):556-557.
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