The Cartesian Limitations of John Rawls: A Reading Using Kierkegaard and Confucius

By Alison Assiter.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The paper documents some respects in which the work of the political philosopher, John Rawls, is Cartesian. It sets out some limitations of Rawls’ thought that flow directly from this Cartesian influence. It goes on to argue that the thought of Søren Kierkegaard offers an alternative that can be useful in the political domain. Finally, some similarities between the work of Kierkegaard and that of Confucius are noted.

Keywords: Liberal, Kierkegaard, Rawls, Rights, Love

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp.119-130. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.223MB).

Prof. Alison Assiter

Professor, Philosophy/Sociology, UWE Bristol, Bristol, UK

Single Authored Books: Alison Assiter (1989) Pornography, Feminism and the Individual, Pluto Press, London; Alison Assiter (1990) Althusser and Feminism, Pluto Press, London; Alison Assiter (1996) Enlightened Women, Modernist Feminism in a Post-modern Age, Routledge, London; Alison Assiter(2003) Revisiting Universalism, Palgrave, Macmillan. Alison Assiter (2009) Kierkegaard, Metaphysics and Political Theory, Continuum.

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