Political Liberalism

Variations on a Theme

Edited by Shaun P. Young

Subjects: Political Philosophy, Intellectual History
Paperback : 9780791461761, 201 pages, March 2017
Hardcover : 9780791461754, 201 pages, August 2004

Table of contents

Rainer Forst



Introduction: The Concept of Political Liberalism
Shaun P. Young

1. Justice as Fairness: Political not Metaphysical
John Rawls

2. Political Liberalism
Charles Larmore

3. Political Liberalisms
Bruce Ackerman

4. Political Liberalism: Agency Rights and Tragic Conflicts
J. Donald Moon

5. An Empirical Approach to Political Liberalism
George Klosko

6. The Liberalism of Fear
Judith Shklar

List of Contributors



Leading theorists explore the concept of political liberalism.


The concept of a purely political liberalism that first emerged in the writings of John Rawls has attracted a significant amount of commentary and proven to be one of the most provocative and influential developments in contemporary political theory. Political Liberalism gathers together a number of eminent theorists, each with their own distinctive understanding of political liberalism, to explore and analyze the character and content of the idea—as opposed to a single conception—of this term. This book reveals the rich and complex nature of the dialogue among proponents of political liberalism and its important nuances, and in so doing offers a valuable resource for students and specialists alike.

Shaun P. Young is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Government of Ontario. He is the author of Beyond Rawls: An Analysis of the Concept of Political Liberalism.