The idea of public justification in Rawls's Law of Peoples

Res Publica 10 (3):233-246 (2004)
The article examines Rawlss Law of Peoples as an attemptto extend the conception of public justification originallydeveloped in Political Liberalism to the internationaldomain. After briefly sketching the main elements of Rawlssconception of public justification, the article examineshow this is developed in Law of Peoples, pointingout the main differences with the domestic case. The articlethen tries to show that Rawlss justificatory strategy containsa number of inconsistencies which undermine the persuasivenessof the conception of international justice he advocates. Thisin turn can be traced back to the failure fully to addressthe constituency problem facing theories ofpublic justification.
Keywords decency  international justice  law of peoples  public justification  Rawls  reasonableness
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DOI 10.1007/s11158-004-5753-5
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