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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Among individuals with disparate aims and purposes a shared conception of justice establishes the bonds of civic friendship ; the general desire for justice limits the pursuit of other ends . One may think of a public conception of ...
At least , I shall assume that a deeper understanding can be gained in no other way , and that the nature and aims of a perfectly just society is the fundamental part of the theory of justice . Now admittedly the concept of the basic ...
They are to presume that even their spiritual aims may be opposed , in the way that the aims of those of different religions may be opposed . Moreover , the concept of rationality must be interpreted as far as possible in the narrow ...
A just social system defines the scope within which individuals must develop their aims , and it provides a framework of rights and opportunities and the means of satisfaction within and by the use of which these ends may be equitably ...
Then , given the desired weighting of these aims , and the existing institutional setup , the precepts of fair wages , just taxation , and so on will receive their due emphasis . In order to achieve greater efficiency and equity ...
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Review: A Theory of JusticeUser Review - Alex L - Goodreads
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