u003ciu003eRawls: An Introductionu003c/iu003e is a uniquely comprehensive introduction to the work of the American philosopher John Rawls (1921-2002), who transformed contemporary political philosophy. In the 1950s and 1960s, political philosophy seemed to have reached a dead end characterized by a loose predominance of utilitarian theses. Rawls’su003cbru003e conception of liberalism placed civil liberties and social justice at its core, and his extraordinary influence has only been confirmed by the extent of the criticism he has provoked.u003cbru003e u003cbru003e The book is divided into three parts which correspond to Rawls’s three major books. The first concentrates on u003ciu003eA Theory of Justiceu003c/iu003e (1971) and examines the way in which Rawls’s general vision of social justice is presented. Maffettone also includes here a discussion of some of the most important critiques of Rawls. The second part of the book highlights u003ciu003ePolitical Liberalismu003c/iu003e (1993-6), with a chapter dedicated to the “passage” from u003ciu003eTheory of Justice to Political Liberalismu003c/iu003e. Finally, the third part provides a discussion of u003ciu003eThe Law of Peoplesu003c/iu003e (1999). u003cbru003e u003cbru003e This work is acomprehensive examination of these three major texts by a renowned Rawls scholar and will appeal to all philosophers and social scientists for whom it is essential to understand the key theories of this most influential of political philosophers.