Persons, Identity, and Political Theory

A Defense of Rawlsian Political Identity

Authors: Campbell, Catherine Galko

  • Clarifies and explains the Liberal/Communitarian debate
  • Explains the connection between early criticism of Rawls's original position and more recent criticisms of liberal notions of political identity
  • Explains and clarifies the broader debate regarding the issues discussed in Will Kymlicka's book
  • More fully explains the reasons that Sandel and other communitarians have criticized liberal political theorists, Rawls in particular
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This book examines the conception of the person at work in John Rawls’s writings from Theory of Justice to Justice as Fairness: A Restatement. The book aims to show that objections to Rawls’s political conception of the person fail and that a Rawlsian conception of political identity is defensible. The book shows that the debate between liberals and communitarians is relevant to the current debate regarding perfectionism and neutrality in politics, and clarifies the debate between Rawls and communitarians in a way that will promote fruitful discussion on the issue of political identity. It does this by providing a clearer account of a conception of personal identity according to which persons are socially constituted, including the intuitions and assumptions underlying the communitarians’ conception of persons as “socially constituted.” It examines the communitarian objections to liberal political theory and to the liberal conception of persons, the “unencumbered self.” The book differentiates between two types of objection to the liberal conception of persons: the metaphysical and normative. It explains Rawls's political conception of persons, and the metaphysical and normative commitments Rawls incurs—and does not incur—in virtue of that conception. It shows that both kind of objection to Rawls's political conception of the person fail. Finally, modifying Rawls’s political conception of the person, a Rawlsian conception of political identity is explained and defended.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Political Identity, Perfectionism, and Neutrality

    Campbell, Catherine Galko

    Pages 1-14

  • Personal Identity and Liberal Political Theory

    Campbell, Catherine Galko

    Pages 15-37

  • Clarification of the Liberal/Communitarian Debate and Metaphysical Objections to Rawls’s Conception of the Person

    Campbell, Catherine Galko

    Pages 39-56

  • Taylor’s Conception of Persons and His Theory of Personal Identity

    Campbell, Catherine Galko

    Pages 57-79

  • Defense of the Original Position

    Campbell, Catherine Galko

    Pages 81-102

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Hardcover $129.00
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Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: October 6, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-017-7876-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Persons, Identity, and Political Theory
Book Subtitle
A Defense of Rawlsian Political Identity
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7917-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7917-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7916-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7876-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 187
Topics