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by Frank Lovett

eBook Rawls's 'A Theory of Justice': A Reader's Guide (Reader's Guides) epub
  • ISBN: 0826437818
  • Author: Frank Lovett
  • Genre: Other
  • Subcategory: Humanities
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Continuum (January 6, 2011)
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • ePUB size: 1386 kb
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The Reader's Guide by Frank Lovett is OK if you don't have the patience to read Ralws's original work, which is. .

The Reader's Guide by Frank Lovett is OK if you don't have the patience to read Ralws's original work, which is more demanding but also considerably more rewarding than this abbreviation. 3 people found this helpful. If you can read something like The Selfish Gene, for example, then you can read Lovett's guide to Rawls.

John Rawls's A Theory of Justice, first published in 1971, is arguably the most important work of moral and .

John Rawls's A Theory of Justice, first published in 1971, is arguably the most important work of moral and political philosophy of the twentieth century.Lovett's book is exactly the sort of thing philosophy needs more of. He does for philosophy what writers like Richard Dawkins and Brian Greene have done for biology and physics. 5 people found this helpful. I hope to see much more of it in the coming years. Somebody (Mr. Lovett?) please write a book like this for A Critique Of Pure Reason or Being And Nothingness.

Each book explores the themes, context, criticism, and influence of key works, providing a practical introduction to close reading, guiding students towards a thorough understanding of the text. They provide an essential, up-to-date resource, ideal for undergraduate students. Format Paperback 176 pages.

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Written specifically to meet the needs of students coming to Rawls for the first time, the book offers guidance on: - Philosophical and historical context - Key themes - Reading the text - Reception and influence - Further reading.

A concise introduction to the context, themes, and influence of one of the most important works of 20th century political philosophy.

John Rawls's A Theory of Justice, first published in 1971, is arguably the most important work of moral and political philosophy of the twentieth century. A staple on undergraduate courses in political theory, it is a classic text in which Rawls makes an astonishing contribution to political and moral thought

Rawls's 'A Theory of Justice': A Reader's Guide offers a concise and accessible introduction to this hugely important and challenging work. Written specifically to meet the needs of students coming to Rawls for the first time, the book offers guidance on:

- Philosophical and historical context- Key themes- Reading the text- Reception and influence- Further reading

Comments: (7)
Dakora
Rawl's 'A Theory of Justice' is one of the most important books of the 20th Century, a paradigm shifting book. Sadly, I long ago gave away my original copy. My reading group recently discussed it, so I wanted a replacement copy. It is however pretty dense, and not wanting to reread it in its entirety, I found Lovett's reader's guide the perfect solution.
Akinozuru
The Reader's Guide by Frank Lovett is OK if you don't have the patience to read Ralws's original work, which is more
demanding but also considerably more rewarding than this abbreviation.
Tane
A very helpful tool to get to the main point of the sections without the impossibly confusing language Rawls uses. I would recommend this to anyone having to read Rawls for a class. It is a life saver!
Mightdragon
Once I received the book, I was aware that perhaps I should have not got a reader's guide, but would have found straightforward text of A Theory of Justice more helpful. At any rate, it was helpful as a quick perusal of his work and was in good condition and sent and received in good time.
Adrielmeena
It is a good book! Useful for students and beginners, who would like to understand Rawls in a simple way!
Wanenai
Lovett is a genius and this book was an amazing purchase. I highly recommend it for any serious student of social justice.
Best West
Or at least read it before you read Rawls.

This is much better than the average series-published readers guide or introduction, and infinitely better than the bad ones. (See my review of A Very Short Introduction To Socrates for an excellent example of a bad one.)

Lovett does basically two things for us. First, he gives us the meat of Rawls' theory in very clear language that any average intelligent reader starting from little or no knowledge could understand. If you can read something like The Selfish Gene, for example, then you can read Lovett's guide to Rawls. It reads like a book or argument in its own right, and you need not consult Rawls' original text at any point to understand what Lovett is saying. He also puts it all into context, and provides all the prefacing remarks and transitional connections that Rawls lacks, anticipating how the wheels are going to be turning in the reader's head and holding his or her hand at the moments when it is needed.

The second thing Lovett does is completely revamp Rawls' organizational structure. Rawls apparently was so immersed in his argument and in answering objections to it that it appears he was never able to step back far enough away from it to view it with fresh eyes and see how it would best flow as a single work. Lovett performs this function for us, using both versions of the text Rawls produced (the 1971 original edition and the 1999 Revised edition) and also including relevant portions from papers and other material Rawls published in his lifetime.

For example, on page 21 Lovett provides a what is basically a 5-step flowchart for which sections of A Theory Of Justice to read in which order: 1) 1-9; 2) 11-17, 68; 3) 20-26, 33, 29, 40; 4) 31, 34-37, 43, 47-48; 5) 44, 46, 18-19, 55-59, 87. That should give you some idea of how muddled the organization of Rawls' original was, and how much thoughtfulness and research Lovett brings to the table. (And note how not all of the sections are even included in Lovett's reading guide.) It might also explain why you may have tried and failed to make it through the text on your own in the past. Turns out it's not your fault!

And then, when we finally get to the main argument, which is 2/3 of the way into Lovett's book, Lovett gives us another priceless bit of insight: "[Sections 26-30] are both the most important, and probably the most difficult, in the entire book. Part of the difficulty stems from the fact that, although this is not made clear in the text, the main line of argument really has two distinct phases, which the reader must tease apart him or herself. Another difficulty stems from the fact that confounded with the main line of argument is a distracting side discussion ... This side discussion, it turns out, is much less significant that Rawls believed." He then presents us with a reconstruction with the goal of reducing these confusions and presenting the main argument "in its most persuasive and attractive light."

(I reckon Lovett should be given permission by Rawls' estate to edit together his own version of A Theory Of Justice from Rawls' original writings, annotated with necessary comments from Lovett himself.)

Lovett's book is exactly the sort of thing philosophy needs more of. He does for philosophy what writers like Richard Dawkins and Brian Greene have done for biology and physics. I hope to see much more of it in the coming years. Somebody (Mr. Lovett?) please write a book like this for A Critique Of Pure Reason or Being And Nothingness. I haven't even gotten past the first sentence of a guide to either of those, much less the original books themselves.

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