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Rawls’ Theory of International Justice: A Brief Reconstruction and Critical Commentary

Rawls’ Theory of International Justice: A Brief Reconstruction and Critical Commentary

Charis Stampoulis, “Rawls’ Theory of International Justice: A Brief Reconstruction and Critical Commentary,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 78, no. 4 (2022): 1431–56,

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  • Rawls’ Theory of International Justice: A Brief Reconstruction and Critical Commentary

    Type Journal Article
    Author Charis Stampoulis
    Abstract The aim of this paper is to offer a concise and faithful account of Rawls’ theory of international justice, in an effort, first, to elucidate the structure of the argument that is advanced in that theory and, second, to present a critical assessment of it. The critical assessment section attempts, on the one side, to cope with crucial methodological issues, which have a more general bearing upon Rawls’ overall political philosophical position, including the constructivist perspective of theory making and the division between a political conception and a comprehensive doctrine; on the other side, to weigh up a set of substantive claims made in the Rawlsian theory of international justice, including the recognition of peoples as the fundamental subjects of international law, the toleration of the so-called decent peoples and the considerably thin construal of human rights encompassed in The Law of Peoples. The paper attempts to provide a series of reasons that could be well-suited to explicate its author’s doubts about the soundness of the Rawlsian theoretical perspective with regard to both its formal methodological features and its more content-oriented convictions.
    Date 2022
    Language English
    Rights © 2022 by Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    Volume 78
    Pages 1431-1456
    Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    DOI 10.17990/RPF/2022_78_4_1431
    Issue 4
    ISSN 0870-5283 ; 2183-461X
    Date Added 1/31/2023, 5:41:16 PM
    Modified 1/31/2023, 7:37:23 PM


    • human rights, international justice, philosophy of law, political philosophy, Rawls.


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