Habermas and Rawls are two heavyweights of social and political philosophy, and they are undoubtedly the two most written about (and widely read) authors in this field. However, there has not been much informed and interesting work on the points of intersection between their projects, partly because their work comes from different traditions—roughly the European tradition of social and political theory and the Anglo-American analytic tradition of political philosophy. In this volume, contributors re-examine the Habermas-Rawls dispute with an eye toward the ways in which the dispute can cast light on current controversies about political philosophy more broadly. Moreover, the volume will cover a number of other salient issues on which Habermas and Rawls have interesting and divergent views, such as the political role of religion and international justice.

chapter |21 pages

Introduction The Habermas-Rawls Dispute

Analysis and Reevaluation
ByJames Gordon Finlayson, Fabian Freyenhagen

part |91 pages

The Habermas-Rawls Dispute

chapter |21 pages

Reconciliation through the Public Use of Reason

Remarks on John Rawls's Political Liberalism *
ByJürgen Habermas

chapter |46 pages

Political Liberalism

Reply to Habermas *
ByJohn Rawls

part |166 pages

Disputing the Political

chapter |18 pages


Transcendental not Metaphysical
ByJoseph Heath

chapter |18 pages

The Justice of Justification

ByAnthony Simon Laden

chapter |28 pages

The Justification of Justice

Rawls and Habermas in Dialogue 1
ByRainer Forst

chapter |19 pages

Procedure in Substance and Substance in Procedure

Reframing the Rawls–Habermas Debate
ByJames Gledhill

chapter |24 pages

Habermas, Rawls and Moral Impartiality

ByChristopher McMahon

chapter |18 pages

Two Models of Human Rights

Extending the Rawls–Habermas Debate
ByJeffrey Flynn

chapter |16 pages

Beyond Overlapping Consensus

Rawls and Habermas on the Limits of Cosmopolitanism
ByJames Bohman

part |24 pages


chapter |22 pages

Reply to My Critics

ByJürgen Habermas