John Rawls, Justice As Fairness: A Restatement (Harvard University Press, 2001) (paper), will be available for purchase at the Harvard Law Coop, and everyone is expected to have a copy. If you own or can arrange for handy access to copies of A Theory of Justice and of Political Liberalism, that would be great. Please know, however, that I have arranged for multiple copies of those books, and Rawls’s other, relevant writings, to be on reserve for the seminar at the law school library. In addition to material from Rawls, I will be assigning or suggesting numerous articles and book chapters by other authors, which will include extensive accounts of Rawls’s ideas, and all of those will be available for download, either from the course website or from online resources reachable through your Harvard library access (“HOLLIS”).
A draft syllabus for the twelve seminar sessions is available at this site (click on “Syllabus”). It contains the reading assignment for our first session (“1. Overview of Political Liberalism”). Further, advance preparation notes for each session will be found under “Supplemental Course Materials,” so please look there for advance preparation notes for our first session. Where assigned materials have been posted to the course website, they also will be found under “Supplemental Course Materials.” (Please note that journal articles are to be obtained through your Harvard Library access (HOLLIS/e-journals). Anyone in doubt about how to do this should get in touch with me ( fmichel at law.harvard.edu).