Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Rawls, Political Liberalism and Reasonable Faith

$29.99 (C)

  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316601884

$ 29.99 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • For over twenty years, Paul Weithman has explored the thought of John Rawls to ask how liberalism can secure the principled allegiance of those people whom Rawls called 'citizens of faith'. This volume brings together ten of his major essays (including one new unpublished essay), which reflect on the task and political character of political philosophy, the ways in which liberalism does and does not privatize religion, the role of liberal legitimacy in Rawls's theory, and the requirements of public reason. The essays reveal Rawls as a thinker deeply engaged with political and existential questions that trouble citizens of faith, and explore how - in firm opposition to political realism - he tries to show that the possibility of liberal democracy and the natural goodness of humanity are objects of reasonable faith. The volume will be of interest to political philosophers, political theorists, moral theologians, and religious ethicists.

    • Offers a new perspective on arguably the greatest political philosopher of the twentieth century
    • Brings together ten major essays, the bulk of which were previously accessible only in edited collections and proceedings
    • Challenges the traditional view that liberalism and political faith are incompatible
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Detailed, methodical … Weithman makes a largely convincing argument that Rawls’s ‘political turn,’ if it was ever a turn at all, is not what the standard interpretation of it has made it out to be … Highly recommended.' Choice

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316601884
    • length: 269 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Works by John Rawls
    Part I. The Undergraduate Thesis:
    1. On John Rawls's A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith
    Part II. From Theory to Political Liberalism:
    2. John Rawls and the task of political philosophy
    3. Rawlsian liberalism and the privatization of religion: three theological objections considered
    4. Liberalism and the political character of political philosophy
    5. Legitimacy and the project of political liberalism
    Part III. Public Reason and its Role:
    6. Citizenship and public reason
    7. Inclusivism, stability and assurance
    8. Convergence and political autonomy
    Part IV. Rawls, Realism and Reasonable Faith:
    9. Law of peoples and Christian realism
    10. Does justice as fairness have a religious aspect?

  • Author

    Paul Weithman, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Paul Weithman is Glynn Family Honors Collegiate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.