Back toward a Comprehensive Liberalism? Justice as Fairness, Gender, and Families

Political Theory 35 (1):5 - 28 (2007)
This article examines the attempts by John Rawls in the works published after "Political Liberalism" to engage with some of the feminist responses to his work. Rawls goes a long way toward addressing some of the major feminist-liberal concerns. Yet this has the unintended consequence of pushing justice as fairness in the direction of a more comprehensive, rather than a strictly political, form of liberalism. This does not seem to be a problem peculiar to Rawls: rather, any form of liberalism hospitable to feminist concerns must be, at the very least, a partly comprehensive, rather than a strictly political, doctrine.
Keywords Rawls  Feminism  Comprehensive liberalism  Political liberalism  Susan Okin  Feminist Liberalism  Basic structure
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