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    Samuel Freeman was a student of the influential philosopher John Rawls, he has edited numerous books dedicated to Rawls' work and is arguably Rawls' foremost interpreter. This volume collects new and previously published articles by Freeman on Rawls. Among other things, Freeman places Rawls within historical context in the social contract tradition, and thoughtfully addresses criticisms of this position. Not only is Freeman a leading authority on Rawls, but he is an excellent thinker in his own …Read more
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    Liberalism and Distributive Justice discusses liberalism, capitalism, distributive justice, and John Rawls's difference principle. Chapters are organized in a narrative arc: from liberalism as the dominant political and economic system, to the laws governing interpersonal transactions in liberal society, to basic economic and political institutions that determine distributive justice.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Rawls
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 65 (3): 577-579. 2003.
  • Book Review (review)
    Ethics 105 191-193. 1994.
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    Contractualism, Moral Motivation, and Practical Reason
    Journal of Philosophy 88 (6): 281-303. 1991.
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    Book Review:Against Liberalism. John Kekes (review)
    Ethics 108 (3): 602-. 1998.
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    Reasons and Recognition brings together fourteen new papers on an array of topics from the many areas to which Scanlon has made path-breaking contributions, ...
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    Contractualism, moral motivation, and practical reason
    Journal of Philosophy 88 (6): 281-303. 1991.
    A discussion of T M Scanlon's contractualism as a foundational account of the nature of morality. The article discusses how contractualism provides an account of moral truth and objectivity that is based in an idealization of moral reasoning. It then develops contractualism's account of moral motivation to show how it provides a way to understand obscure but central aspects of Kantian views: the claims that moral reasons are of a special kind, and that moral motives have a basis in practical rea…Read more
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    It has long been argued that the institution of judicial review is incompatible with democratic institutions. This criticism usually relies on a procedural conception of democracy, according to which democracy is essentially a form of government defined by equal political rights and majority rule. I argue that if we see democracy not just as a form of government, but more basically as a form of sovereignty, then there is a way to conceive of judicial review as a legitimate democratic institution…Read more
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    John Rawls–an Overview
    In Samuel Richard Freeman (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Rawls, Cambridge University Press. pp. 1--59. 2003.
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    Culture and Equality
    Journal of Philosophy 99 (11): 600-606. 2002.
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    Rawls
    Routledge. 2007.
    In this superb introduction, Samuel Freeman introduces and assesses the main topics of Rawls' philosophy. Starting with a brief biography and charting the influences on Rawls' early thinking, he goes on to discuss the heart of Rawls's philosophy: his principles of justice and their practical application to society. Subsequent chapters discuss Rawls's theories of liberty, political and economic justice, democratic institutions, goodness as rationality, moral psychology, political liberalism, and …Read more
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    Deliberative Democracy: A Sympathetic Comment
    Philosophy and Public Affairs 29 (4): 371-418. 2000.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Rawls (edited book)
    Cambridge University Press. 2002.
    Each volume of this series of companions to major philosophers contains specially commissioned essays by an international team of scholars and will serve as a reference work for students and nonspecialists. John Rawls is the most significant and influential philosopher and moral philosopher of the twentieth century. His work has profoundly shaped contemporary discussions of social, political and economic justice in philosophy, law, political science, economics and other social disciplines. In th…Read more
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    Sunstein on the constitution (review)
    Law and Philosophy 15 (4): 437-445. 1996.
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    Original meaning, democratic interpretation, and the constitution
    Philosophy and Public Affairs 21 (1): 3-42. 1992.
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    Constructivism, Facts, and Moral Justification
    In Thomas Christiano & John Philip Christman (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Political Philosophy, Wiley-blackwell. pp. 17--41. 2009.
  • Reasons and Recognition: Essays on the Philosophy of T.M. Scanlon (edited book)
    with R. Jay Wallace, Rahul Kumar, and Samuel Freeman
    Oxford University Press USA. 2011.
    For close to forty years now T.M. Scanlon has been one of the most important contributors to moral and political philosophy in the Anglo-American world. Through both his writing and his teaching, he has played a central role in shaping the questions with which research in moral and political philosophy now grapples. Reasons and Recognition brings together fourteen new papers on an array of topics from the many areas to which Scanlon has made path-breaking contributions, each of which develops a …Read more
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    Reason and agreement in social contract views
    Philosophy and Public Affairs 19 (2): 122-157. 1990.
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    G- A. Cohen's Critique of Rawls's Difference Principle
    The Harvard Review of Philosophy 19 23-45. 2013.
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    Book review (review)
    Law and Philosophy 10 (3): 329-347. 1991.
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    The burdens of public justification: Constructivism, contractualism, and publicity
    Politics, Philosophy and Economics 6 (1): 5-43. 2007.
    The publicity of a moral conception is a central idea in Kantian and contractarian moral theory. Publicity carries the idea of general acceptability of principles through to social relations. Without publicity of its moral principles, the intuitive attractiveness of the contractarian ideal seems diminished. For it means that moral principles cannot serve as principles of practical reasoning and justification among free and equal persons. This article discusses the role of the publicity assumptio…Read more