An intellectual history of postwar Anglo-American political philosophy focus in particular on its transformation under the influence of John Rawl's Theory of Justice.
Katrina Forrester is assistant professor of government and social studies at Harvard University. She is the coeditor of Nature, Action, and the Future. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, the Nation, the Guardian, Dissent, the New Statesman, n+1, and Harper's. Twitter @katforrester
"Shortlisted for the RHS Gladstone Book Prize, Royal Historical
"Forrester's excellent recent book...tells the story of how . . . Rawls's highly intricate and deceptively simple brand of abstract liberal egalitarianism-first articulated in his A Theory of Justice in 1971-came to take over academic philosophy. . . . In reminding us that even political philosophers who claim to speak outside any particular time or place are, in fact, the product of a particular time and place, Forrester undoes the pretension to timelessness that Rawls claimed, at least for a time."---Susan McWilliams Barndt, Commonweal
"[A] magisterial history of postwar liberal political philosophy. . . . Forrester is a scholarly marvel in her combination of a writer's eloquence, a historian's eye for revelatory detail, and an activist's commitment to social liberation. . . . In the Shadow of Justice a formidable intervention in the trajectory of contemporary political thought."---Vafa Ghazavi, The Philosopher
"One of New Statesman's Books of the Year 2019"
"A forceful, encyclopedic study of the confluence and contradictions of postwar liberalism, Anglo-American thought and John Rawls's political philosophy."---Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times
"Exciting new leftish history."---Samuel Moyn, Commonweal
"A fascinating account of how the concerns of philosophers were transformed by the work of one diffident and self-effacing philosopher, the Harvard professor John Rawls."---Alan Ryan, New Statesman
"Political philosophy today needs the kind of bold questioning that Forrester demands."---Seyla Benhabib, The Nation
"Winner of the Merle Curti Intellectual History Award, Organization of American Historians"
"Winner of the S-USIH Book Prize, Society for U.S. Intellectual History"
"In her ingenious book, Forrester provides critical new insight both on Rawls's political thought and on liberal egalitarianism. There are numerous things to commend: from the outstanding archival work to the penetrating and in-depth analysis of the many nuances of Rawls's political philosophy. Forrester argues that uncovering the contingent nature in the development of liberal egalitarianism shows that we cannot take the main assumptions, premises, and arguments for granted. Forrester's work is important in uncovering where many of these assumptions come from."---Henrik D. Kugelberg, Jurisprudence
"A path-breaking book that shows how postwar liberalism was transformed by the philosophy of John Rawls."---Gavin Jacobson, New Statesman
"[An] extraordinary study . . . Forrester is a subtle intellectual historian as well as a political theorist."---Jedediah Purdy, New Republic
"Forrester is a scholarly marvel in her combination of a writer's eloquence, a historian's eye for revelatory detail, and an activist's commitment to social liberation. [T]he trifecta makes In the Shadow of Justice a formidable intervention in the trajectory of contemporary political thought."---Vafa Ghazavi, The Philosopher
"In the Shadow of Justice will particularly benefit scholars and students of philosophy, politics and history concerned with the future of political liberalism. [Forrester's] important work provides a unique resource for shedding light on the conceptual roots of modern political thought while at the same time disclosing its limits."---Rahel Suss, LSE Review of Books