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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Many of these changes were in response to criticisms of the first edition, and some concerned important issues, such as the nature and justification of primary social goods and the role that the concept of a person plays in the argument ...
Although the main ideas are much the same , I have tried to eliminate inconsistencies and to fill out and strengthen the argument at many points . Perhaps I can best explain my aim in this book as follows . During much of modern moral ...
There is a danger , however , that without consideration of the argument of the last part , the theory of justice will be misunderstood . In particular , the following sections should be emphasized : $ $ 66–67 of Chapter VII on moral ...
I am indebted to Brian Barry , Michael Lessnoff , and R. P. Wolff for their discussions of the formulation of and the argument for the two principles of justice . ? Where I have not accepted their conclusions I have had to 1.
amplify the argument to meet their objections . I hope the theory as now presented is no longer open to the difficulties they raised , nor to those urged by John Chapman.3 The relation between the two principles of justice and what I ...
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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