John Rawls is widely thought to have revitalised political philosophy. This paper discusses that claim critically in the light of Rawls' own characterisation of his project as well as a series of objections that have been raised by critics from diverse points of view. It concludes that the criticisms advanced by the authors in question help to clarify what exactly Rawls accomplished. He did revitalise liberal political philosophy, but in a manner that lacks much of the traditional substance of political philosophy. The paper concludes by discussing the significance of this finding and its implications for the future of political philosophy.
Where Does He Leave Us?
R. Bruce Douglass
Evil and Suffering from a Durkheimian Perspective
After the End of a Dark Century: Philosophical and Theological Discourses on Evil, complex, highly interesting and full of religious, philosophical and existential implications. One has to hope that the theological and philosophical reflection on evil and suffering will also continue in a post-metaphysical world, even if this hope is part of an ongoing debate. As fascinating as these questions may be, I will not address any of the classical, philosophical and/or theological problems on evil in this paper. Rather than concentrating on this kind of approach to evil, I would like to try and offer a different way of dealing with a subject, which has long been neglected in the sociological field, and is almost absent among Durkheimian studies too. In other words, I would like to approach the problem of evil from a point of view similar to Durkheim?s sociology of religion. However, I will keep the modern philosophical turn in the theological discussion on evil as a background, since one of my objectives is to try and isolate the specific and distinctive characteristics of a Durkheimian idea of evil in the light of the modern transition from suffering to evil.
premodern and eminently religious subject, to the “drive toward ease” that has come to define the modern subject. 48 In this “post-metaphysically inspired religion of ease,” 49 consumption and accumulation occupy a central role: they are, as Michael
SimonMary Aihiokhai, Lorina Buhr, David Moore, and William Jethro Mpofu
Félix Guattari. Indeed, the approach of ‘categorial thinking’ combines several enquiries simultaneously: a phenomenological theory of politics as a ‘thing’, a theory of political reality, a heuristic for grasping political reality, a post-metaphysical
The Concept of Secular Philosophical Grounding
Jaan S. Islam
beliefs that oppose the foundations of liberal political philosophy itself cannot be accounted for in the scheme of liberal government. In the words of Reiman (1997: 69) , in his discussion on how post-metaphysical liberalism must deal with objectors to