(Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 336 pp. isbn 9781444334104 (hbk). Hardback/Paperback: £50.00/-. It may come as a surprise that new work promising to add to our understanding of the ideas of John Rawls is still emerging. Even more intriguing, however, is a collection of essays purporting to restore Rawls’s significance as a radical egalitarian with plenty to say about the failures of the capitalist welfare state. Editors Martin O’Neill and Thad Williamson argue persuasively that Rawls’s race is not run because questions about the realisation of the institutional arrangement he recommended remain criminally underexplored. For the sake of brevity I will outline the shape of the book and then confine my discussion to O’Neill’s engaging treatment of Rawls’s controversial claim that only a property-owning democracy or liberal socialism are consistent with his two principles of justice, and Alan Thomas’s insightful attempt to blend Rawls’s political liberalism with Philip Pettit’s theory of republican freedom as non-domination. When Rawls came to restate and reaffirm his commitment to the theory of Justice as Fairness as his favoured conception of justice, he took the opportunity to clarify and revise certain elements. One important change that has, until now, received little attention is the
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