In this now-classic work, he clearly and systematically formulates what others thought impossible_a principle of fairness that specifies a set of conditions which grounds existing political obligations and bridges the gap between the abstract accounts of political principles and the actual beliefs of political actors. Brought up-to-date with a new introduction, this new edition will be of great interest to all interested in political thought.
George Klosko is Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. His books include Democratic Procedures and Liberal Consensus, Jacobins and Utopians: The Political Theory of Fundamental Moral Reform, as well as the two-volume History of Political Theory: An Introduction.
Chapter 1 New Introduction Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Political Obligation Chapter 4 The Principle of Fairness Chapter 5 Political Precepts Chapter 6 Discretionary Public Goods Chapter 7 Fairness Theory Chapter 8 Fairness, Utilitarianism, and Consent Chapter 9 Appendix I: Parfit's Moral Arithmetic and the Obligation to Obey the Law Chapter 10 Appendix II: The Principle of Fairness and Political Attitudes Chapter 11 Bibliography Chapter 12 Index