Work of the Fellows: Edited Volumes

Reclaiming the History of Ethics: Essays for John Rawls

Reath, Andrews (Fellow, 1991-92); Herman, Barbara; Korsgaard, Christine M., ed.

Cambridge , UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997

From the publisher's description:

The essays in this volume offer an approach to the history of moral and political philosophy that takes its inspiration from John Rawls. The distinctive feature of this approach is to address substantive normative questions in moral and political philosophy through an analysis of the texts and theories of major figures in the history of the subject: Aristotle, Hobbes, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, and Marx. By reconstructing the core of these theories in a way that is informed by contemporary theoretical concerns, the contributors show how the history of the subject is a resource for understanding present and perennial problems in moral and political philosophy. Major studies in the history of moral and political philosophy inspired by and dedicated to Rawls; by association Rawls is a major selling point; unusually high proportion of female contributors for a volume in philosophy (70% of volume is written by women).


Subjects: Political Science; Philosophy;; Ethics; Political Philosophy;