Normative Grounds of Social Criticism, The
Kant, Rawls, and Habermas
This book is a comparative study of Kant, Rawls, and Habermas and a critical survey of recent theories of justice. It defends the thesis that the normative ground or basis of social criticism is found in a concept of the person as a free and equal moral being.
Kenneth Baynes is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at State University of New York, Stony Brook.
"This is an outstanding contribution to the theory of justice. In addition to well-researched, lucid, and insightful accounts of its three principals, it offers far and away the best discussion available of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Rawls and Habermas. Baynes has provided us with an instructive example of how the usual, but often artificial divide between Continental and Anglo-American political theory can be successfully bridged, if only one brings sufficient wit and energy to the task. "— Thomas McCarthy, Northwestern University