Brian Barry's Justice as Impartiality confronts issues at the heart of modern political philosophy. This important collection examines various aspects of his argument and expands the discussion beyond the text to explore wider issues at the center of contemporary debates about the nature and theories of distributive justice. It brings together responses from a wide range of Barry's critics including feminists, utilitarians, mutual advantage theorists, care theorists and anti-contractarians. Suitable for both undergraduates and academics working in political and legal theory, this text serves as an ideal companion volume to Barry's work. The expansion of each contributor's focus beyond the issues raised by Barry means this text also stands as a contribution to political thought in its own right.
Paul Kelly is senior lecturer in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics.
The topics discussed are central to the understanding of impartiality, contractarianism, and justice. All the essays are well written and well argued. Barry's reply very effectively brings together and highlights the key issues. The book is essential reading for those interested in justice as impartiality and related topics.
Introduction (Paul Kelly); 1. Rational, Fair and Reasonable (Jonathan Wolff); 2. Impartiality and Liberal Neutrality (Simon Caney); 3. 'What's Wrong in Contractualism?' (Matt Matravers); 4. Taking Utilitarianism Seriously (Paul Kelly); 5. From Contracts to Pluralism (Albert Weale); 6. The Priority of the Right over the Good Rides Again (Richard Arneson); 7. Some Mistakes about Impartiality (Susan Mendus); 8. Impartiality, Care and the Good (Diemut Bubeck); 9. Reasonable Agreement: Political not Normative (Russell Hardin); 10. Mutual Advantage and Impartiality (David Gauthier); 11. Contractual Justice: A Modest Defence (Brian Barry).