In Ethics and Political Theory, Joseph Grcic explores the ways in which the ideas of John Rawls can be implemented to realize the ideals of liberal democracy. Many of the essays evaluate Rawls' discussion of the relationship between liberal democratic equality and economic liberty. Grcic argues that Rawls has not fully considered how differences in income and wealth restrict political equality in Western capitalist democracies. However, Grcic contends that a practical extension of Rawls' theory does suggest ways to reform democratic societies. These include the public financing of all election campaigns and free legal representation. In an attempt to clarify the nature and foundations of political power, Grcic also advocates a new approach to ethics, which focuses on the social functions of moral values rather than individual agency. This book is unique in its attempt to deal with both theoretical and applied questions, making it an important resource for philosophers and those interested in actual political reform.
Joseph Grcic is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Indiana State University.
chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 Types of Ethical Theory chapter 3 Morality and Community chapter 4 Truth in Ethics chapter 5 Errors in Moral Reasoning chapter 6 Kant and Rawls on Moral Theory chapter 7 Types of Political Theory chapter 8 Rousseau and Rawls on the Social Contract chapter 9 Revolution and Inequality in Kant chapter 10 The Ethics of Financing Elections chapter 11 Democracy in the Corporation chapter 12 Rawls and The Right to Political Leave chapter 13 Freedom of Speech and Mass Media chapter 14 Justice and the Legal Profession chapter 15 The Right to Privacy chapter 16 Equality and the Family chapter 17 Academic Freedom and Democracy