Chapter 4, 1946-1950, Rawls: A Democratic Vision

Chapter 4, 1946-1950, Rawls: A Democratic Vision, Forthcoming

59 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2018 Last revised: 23 Jul 2018

See all articles by David A. Reidy

David A. Reidy

University of Tennessee - Department of Philosophy

Date Written: June 28, 2018

Abstract

This is a draft of the fourth chapter, covering 1946-1950, of an intellectual biography of John Rawls that is in progress. This is the period of Rawls's graduate study. The chapter focuses on Rawls's efforts to show logical positivists that a properly scientific and positivist approach to ethics did not terminate in non-cognitivism and was instead compatible with a empirical ethical rationalism. Earlier chapters already drafted cover Rawls's family background and childhood, his undergraduate study and writings, and his war time service. The next two chapters to follow this draft cover his post-doc years, 1950-53, during which time he settled on the project now known as "justice as fairness," and his time as an assistant professor at Cornell, 1953-58, during which he settled on the elements and outline of that project. The book's subsequent chapters will cover the rest of Rawls's life and the key aspects of his intellectual development over its full course.

Keywords: Rawls, justice, democratic theory, liberalism, history of political thought, law

Suggested Citation

Reidy, David A., Chapter 4, 1946-1950, Rawls: A Democratic Vision (June 28, 2018). Chapter 4, 1946-1950, Rawls: A Democratic Vision, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3204488 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3204488

David A. Reidy (Contact Author)

University of Tennessee - Department of Philosophy ( email )

801 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996
United States
865 974 3255 (Phone)
865 974 3509 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://web.utk.edu/~philosop

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
13
Abstract Views
158
PlumX Metrics