Leif Wenar

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195376692
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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This article analyzes the philosophy of John Rawls. Rawls saw his life's work as imagining a moral order realistic enough to redeem a credence in man's moral nature. Rawls also held that belief in man's goodness can itself be crucial for keeping human evil from being human destiny. After the war, Rawls's constant companion was hope: hope that humans can do the right thing for its own sake, hope that citizens can favor the common over division—and so hope that man can sustain a just society and a peaceable world.

Keywords: John Rawls; political philosophers; moral nature; goodness; man; evil

Article.  8668 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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