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The philosophical case for socialism

John Rawls is best known for “A Theory of Justice” but his later work has important political implications

By William A Edmundson  

John Rawls is one of our greatest philosophers. His 1971 A Theory of Justice has sold more than 300,000 copies. This is remarkable for any academic work, and especially so for a rigorous, densely argued philosophical treatise.

None of his later works has attracted nearly as much interest, but to understand his thought accurately we should pay attention. Only then do we understand what his theory means for politics: Rawls has led us toward socialism

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