Res Publica 22 (3):285-299 (2016)

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Jon Garthoff
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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Despite great advances in recent scholarship on the political philosophy of John Rawls, Rawls’s conception of stability is not fully appreciated. This essay aims to remedy this by articulating a more complete understanding of stability and its role in Rawls’s theory of justice. I argue that even in A Theory of Justice Rawls maintains that within liberal democratic constitutionalism judgments of relative stability typically adjudicate decisively among conceptions of justice and is committed to more deeply than to the substantive content of justice as fairness. This essay thus emphasizes the continuity of Rawls’s thought over time and motivates the position that Rawlsian stability is as philosophically significant and distinctively Rawlsian as justice as fairness itself.
Keywords Stability  Equilibrium  Well-ordered society  Ideal theory  Publicity  Reciprocity
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Political Liberalism.John Rawls - 1993 - Columbia University Press.
Justice as Fairness: A Restatement.John Rawls (ed.) - 2001 - Harvard University Press.

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Rawlsian Anti-Capitalism and Left Solidarity.Jon Garthoff - forthcoming - Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche.

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