My animadversions have stimulated a very interesting flurry of comments, all of which deserve a response, but what with fete de la musique and seeing relatives and planning for a trip to Amherst MA on the way home to attend an early music concert, I am swamped. I shan't be back in Chapel Hill until Sunday night. I will try to start responding while I am here in Paris, but if things get past me, I hope you will be patient with me. As soon as I get home, I shall continue the conversation with some responses to the comments.
My early morning walks here in Paris have actually been devoted to an extended take-down of Rawls' A Theory of Justice, in preparation for a reading group I shall be conducting next semester for graduate students in Philosophy at UNC Chapel Hill. All these years later, I have been elaborating in my mind a line of critique that I did not develop for my book on Rawls.