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"Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World" by Philip Pettit

Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 28.3 (Fall 2014)

"Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World" by Philip Pettit

By James Bohman

Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World, Philip Pettit (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2014), 288 pp., $26.95 paper.

In Just Freedom, Philip Pettit undertakes significant revisions of some of his republican commitments. The book has many new and innovative ideas, but most of all this work sharpens Pettit's thinking on the role of democracy in republicanism, and on the often positive interaction between the two. Above all, it seems to me that Pettit's own account of basic freedoms has become broader and wider, and now includes a cosmopolitan conception of what we owe other human beings, whoever they are.

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