John Rawls: On My Religion

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    One of my favorite liberal thinkers on religion.

    How Rawls's political philosophy was influenced by his religion
    by Joshua Cohen and Thomas Nagel

    "Those who have studied Rawls’s work, and even more, those who knew him personally, are aware of a deeply religious temperament that informed his life and writings, whatever may have been his beliefs. He says, for example, that political philosophy aims at a defence of reasonable faith, in particular reasonable faith in the possibility of a just constitutional democracy; he says that the recognition of this possibility shapes our attitude “toward the world as a whole”; he suggests that if a reasonably just society is not possible, one might appropriately wonder whether “it is worthwhile for human beings to live on earth”; and he concludes A Theory of Justice with powerfully moving remarks about how the original position enables us to see the social world and our place in it sub specie aeternitatis. Religion and religious conviction are also important as themes within Rawls’s political philosophy. For example, his case for the first principle of justice – that of equal basic liberties – aims to “generalize the principle of religious toleration”. More broadly, his theory of justice is in part a response to the problem of how political legitimacy can be achieved despite religious conflict, and how, among citizens holding distinct religious views, political justification can proceed without reference to religious conviction."

    John Rawls "On My Religion" Joshua Cohen and Thomas Nagel TLS
     
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    Shame you dont believe that.
     
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    Good read thanks mid :)
     
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    But I do believe in many parts of that, just maybe not the ones you do.
     

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