Professor John Rawls of Harvard University, who died in November of 2002, is widely regarded as the most important political philosopher of the twentieth century, and his influence on legal thought was particularly profound. There have been a number of conferences or symposia on Rawls\u27s individual books, such as A Theory of Justice and Political Liberalism, but, astonishingly, until the symposium presented in this issue of the Fordham Law Review was held in November 2003, no symposium or conference had focused on the implications of his work for the law. Simply because of its subject, then, this symposium was of landmark significance. Yet this symposium was remarkable, not simply because of its subject, but because it brought together an outstanding group of scholars whose papers grappled with the deepest implications of Rawls\u27s work for the law
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