John Rawls (1921-2002) was an American political philosopher, best known for his 1971 book, A Theory of Justice. In 1999, he was awarded a National Humanities Medal by Bill Clinton as “one of the most influential political philosophers of the 20th century.” Rawls taught for nearly 40 years at Harvard, including a class with the philosopher Robert Nozick, who critiqued Rawls’s work from a right-wing, libertarian position. Both played an important role in the resurgence of political philosophy in the 1970s.
Books by John Rawls
Interviews where books by John Rawls were recommended
What are human rights? Are they reducible to the rights enshrined in law or do they somehow objectively exist? Philosopher John Tasioulas picks the best five books on human rights.
World Bank economist and author of The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Short and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality discusses global economic inequality and says internal issues of inequality breed aggressive foreign policy
British philosopher Jonathan Wolff chooses five books by thinkers who have shaped the field of political philosophy. He explores the experiences that influenced each writer, saying ‘it’s very rare for philosophers to say very much about their history and what brought them to the views they have’.