John Rawls (b. 1921, d. 2002) was an American political philosopher inthe liberal tradition. His theory of justice as fairnessdescribes a society of free citizens holding equal basic rights andcooperating within an egalitarian economic system. His theory ofpolitical liberalism delineates the legitimate use ofpolitical power in a democracy, and envisions how civic unity mightendure despite the diversity of worldviews that free institutionsallow. His writings on the law of peoples set out a liberalforeign policy that aims to create a permanently peaceful and tolerantinternational order.


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