John Rawls’ religion

I note briefly this piece in the TLS (March 18th) on some early work by Rawls on Christianity and the nature of social organisation, and its imprint on his later work, even after his own loss of faith.

Although it is written in and about the US, there are some interesting parallels with the English situation in the early 1940s, in relation to thinking on issues of community and the individual. A longer version is to appear in Cohen and Nagel (eds), John Rawls: ‘A brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith’, to be published by Harvard.

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