A Theory of Justice
John Rawls aims to express an essential part of the common core of the democratic tradition—justice as fairness—and to provide an alternative to utilitarianism, which had dominated the Anglo-Saxon tradition of political thought since the nineteenth century. Rawls substitutes the ideal of the social contract as a more satisfactory account of the basic rights and liberties of citizens as free and equal persons. “Each person,” writes Rawls, “possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override.” Advancing the ideas of Rousseau, Kant, Emerson, and Lincoln, Rawls’s theory is as powerful today as it was when first published. Though the revised edition of A Theory of Justice, published in 1999, is the definitive statement of Rawls’s view, much of the extensive literature on his theory refers to the original. This first edition is available for scholars and serious students of Rawls’s work.
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... for the most part act in accordance with them . Suppose further that these rules specify a system of cooperation designed to advance the good of those taking part in it . Then , although a society is a cooperative venture for mutual ...
Then , having chosen a conception of justice , we can suppose that they are to choose a constitution and a legislature to enact laws , and so on , all in accordance with the principles of justice initially agreed upon .
The word “ contract ” suggests this plurality as well as the condition that the appropriate division of advantages must be in accordance with principles acceptable to all parties . The condition of publicity for principles of justice is ...
At any time we can enter the original position , so to speak , simply by following a certain procedure , namely , by arguing for principles of justice in accordance with these restrictions . It seems reasonable to suppose that the ...
On this conception of society separate individuals are thought of as so many different lines along which rights and duties are to be assigned and scarce means of satisfaction allocated in accordance with rules so as to give the greatest ...
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BLEH. Never taking a political theory class again. But this book was rather odd...i liked the ideas he proposed, but it wasn't as enjoyable of a read as i thought it would be. Not really my subject matter. Read full review