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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... willingly acted upon ; and when infractions occur , stabilizing forces should exist that prevent further violations and tend to restore the arrangement . ... in order to insure that mutually beneficial arrangements are maintained .
By major institutions I understand the political constitution and the principal economic and social arrangements . Thus the legal protection of freedom of thought and liberty of conscience , competitive markets , private property in the ...
They may be irrelevant for the various informal conventions and customs of everyday life ; they may not elucidate the justice , or perhaps better , the fairness of voluntary cooperative arrangements or procedures for making contractual ...
This standard , however , is not to be confused with the principles defining the other virtues , for the basic structure , and social arrangements generally , may be efficient or inefficient , liberal or illiberal , and many other ...
It imposes certain criteria on the design of the basic structure as a whole ; these arrangements must not tend to generate propensities and attitudes contrary to the two principles of justice ( that is , to certain principles which are ...
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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