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good intro to RawlsAug. 26 2007
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For anyone looking for an accessible and solid introduction to Rawls's work, this a good place to start. Audard explains clearly some of Rawls's keys ideas, and some of her criticisms of those ideas and possible responses to them are useful. However, there are parts when Audard's setting up of criticisms and leaving them dangling without seeing how Rawls's ideas could counter them do seem contrived. Often the method here is to claim that Ralws overlooked a point and that he did not formulate a response clearly enough. Perhaps there may be some truth in these claims, but a close reading of Rawls's texts may show that in many cases he did respond. The point here is that Audard is not sympathetic enough to Rawls ideas to be able to see the depth and subtlety in many of his notions and his defence of them. Perhaps Samuel Freeman's new book on Rawls may fill that gap.