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John Rawls never published anything about his own religious beliefs, but after his death two texts were discovered which shed extraordinary light on the subject. A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith is Rawls’s undergraduate senior thesis, submitted in December 1942, just before he entered the army. At that time Rawls was deeply religious; the thesis is a significant work of theological ethics, of interest both in itself and because of its relation to his mature writings. “On My Religion,” a short statement drafted in 1997, describes the history of his religious beliefs and attitudes toward religion, including his abandonment of orthodoxy during World War II.

The present volume includes these two texts, together with an Introduction by Joshua Cohen and Thomas Nagel, which discusses their relation to Rawls’s published work, and an essay by Robert Merrihew Adams, which places the thesis in its theological context.

The texts display the profound engagement with religion that forms the background of Rawls’s later views on the importance of separating religion and politics. Moreover, the moral and social convictions that the thesis expresses in religious form are related in illuminating ways to the central ideas of Rawls’s later writings. His notions of sin, faith, and community are simultaneously moral and theological, and prefigure the moral outlook found in Theory of Justice.


John Rawls never published anything about his own religious beliefs, but after his death two texts were discovered which shed extraordinary light on the subject.

John Rawls never published anything about his own religious beliefs, but after his death two texts were discovered which shed extraordinary light on the subject. A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith is Rawls' undergraduate senior thesis, submitted in December 1942, just before he entered the army. At that time Rawls was deeply religious; the thesis is a signif John Rawls never published anything about his own religious beliefs, but after his death two texts were discovered which shed extraordinary light on the subject.

What a pleasure to read John Rawls's senior thesis at Princeton, which he submitted in 1942, long before his book .

What a pleasure to read John Rawls's senior thesis at Princeton, which he submitted in 1942, long before his book A Theory of Justice (1971) established him as America's most respected liberal philosopher of law. Rawls's later writings are as pareve (neutral) as could be-they have no hint of the religious passion and wisdom that permeates his senior thesis. undoubtedly reveals an interesting stage in the development of a highly significant philosopher. Anthony Kenny Times Literary Supplement 2009-06-12).

With On My Religion. His notions of sin, faith, and community are simultaneously moral and theological, and prefigure the moral outlook found in A Theory of Justice. Introduction by Joshua Cohen. John Rawls never published anything about his own religious beliefs, but after his death two texts were discovered which shed extraordinary light on the subject. A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith is Rawls’s undergraduate senior thesis, submitted in December 1942, just before he entered the army.

The Meaning of Sin 179 CHAPTER FIVE The Meaning of Faith 214 .

R39 2009 230-dc22 2008033809 Contents Introduction 1 Joshua Cohen and Thomas Nagel The Theological Ethics of the Young Rawls and Its Background 24 Robert Merrihew Adams A BRIEF INQUIRY INTO THE MEANING OF SIN AND FAITH 103 A Note on the Text 104 Preface 107 CHAPTER ONE A General Prospectus 110 CHAPTER TWO Vindication of the Natural Cosmos. In a biographical chapter of his book on Rawls, based on taped interviews with Rawls in summer 1993, Thomas Pogge mentions the thesis.

Book Description: John Rawls never published anything about his own religious beliefs, but after his death two texts were discovered which shed extraordinary light on the subject. A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith is Rawls's undergraduate senior thesis, submitted in December 1942, just before he entered the army. The present volume includes these two texts, together with an Introduction by Joshua Cohen and Thomas Nagel, which discusses their relation to Rawls's published work, and an essay by Robert Merrihew Adams, which places the thesis in its theological context

John Rawls, Robert Merrihew Adams, Joshua Cohen.

John Rawls, Robert Merrihew Adams, Joshua Cohen. At that time Rawls was deeply religious; the thesis is a significant work of theological ethics, of interest both in itself and because of its relation to his mature writings.

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Article in Society 47(3):276-278 · May 2010 with 34 Reads. How we measure 'reads'

Article in Society 47(3):276-278 · May 2010 with 34 Reads. How we measure 'reads'. DOI: 1. 007/s12115-01319-1. This essay challenges the view that John Rawls's recently published undergraduate thesis A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith provides little help in understanding his mature work. Two crucial strands of Rawls's Theory of Justice are its critique of teleology and its claims about our moral nature and its expression.

Nagel was, of course, a student of Rawls's and he may have taken on the task as a labor of love. But labors of love are still labors, and they can be quite time-consuming labors at that. Readers of Rawls are in Nagel's debt for the work he did in shepherding this fascinating little volume.

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Malarad
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The Rollers of Vildar
Stunning book. To think of any undergraduate writing a thesis this brilliant! It gives you a chance to see the evolution of Rawls' thinking, and the introductory essays by Nagel and Adams are excellent.
Sennnel
A Brief Inquiery into the Meaning of Sin and Faith: With "On my Religion" plantea al menos dos problemas que no deberían desatenderse: uno relativo a la interpretación de los contenidos sustantivos de la teoría liberal de John Rawls, y otro relativo a la interpretación de la obra de Rawls como un corpus intencional y deliberado publicado o aprobado por su autor.
Resulta claro que los textos en cuestión permiten que la Introducción de la edición, a cargo de dos de los discípulos más connotados del filósofo de Harvard, sugiera una ruta de interpetación de la obra de Rawls muy poco atendida, a saber, la de una teoría política compatible, y a veces hasta asimilable, a los puntos de vista comprehensivos o sustantivos propios de las doctrinas religiosas. Este tipo de interpretación no sólo recalcaría el caracter contextual y pragmatizado del liberalismo rawlsiano, sino que avisaría de su relación muy cercana con preocupaciones teológicas o religiosas que las lecturas estandar de Rawls había considerado de poca importancia o de plano irrelevantes. En este caso, la publicación de estos dos textos, muy lejanos uno de otro en el tiempo,tendería a diluir la fuerza de la neutralidad de la justicia rawlsiana, tan vigorosamente defendida bajo el criterio de la prioridad de lo justo sobre lo bueno (the priority of the Right over the Good) o de la indepedencia de la concepción política de la justicia respecto de los contenidos de primer orden de las doctrinas comprehensivas filosóficas, religiosas o morales. No queda claro que empezar a entender a Rawls como un autor cercano a las doctrinas religiosas que él, de manera explícita, deriva hacia el espacio o dominio no público, constituya un logro teórico que hubiera que celebrar.
Respecto del segundo tema, habría que decir que el criterio de los editores de los textos es discutible. Si el propio John Rawls había optado, primero, por no dar siquiera difusión y mucho menos enviar a una editorial esa tesis de licenciatura cuyos contenidos son, en efecto, teológicos, tal vez deberíamos entender que no la consideraba parte de un cuerpo teórico que el considerara digno de poner a debate en ese espacio de razón no pública, pero esencial, que es el debate académico y filosófico. Exhumar ese texto del olvido al que su propio autor lo condenó no parece ser atender a la intención rawlsiana de construir y perfeccionar una teoría liberal de la justicia centrada en el valor de la neutralidad y la equidad o imparcialidad(fairness).
Así que el texto nos deja con una impresión ambigua. Gracias a su publicación conocemos un poco mejor al Rawls autor y también sabemos un poco más de su proceso de maduración filosófica. Al mismo tiempo, debilitamos el valor de la neutralidad y validamos la desatención de los editores a la voluntad de un hombre que había decidido silenciar algún producto suyo que, a la vista de su propia construcción teórica posterior, parece que consideró indigno de ser publicado, es decir, estudiado y debatido por otros.

Dr. Jesús R. Zepeda
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Ciudad de México)