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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The Morality of Association 467 72. The Morality of Principles 472 73. Features of the Moral Sentiments 479 74. The Connection between Moral and Natural Attitudes 485 75. The Principles of Moral Psychology 490 76.
I shall begin by considering the role of the principles of justice . Let us assume , to fix ideas , that a society is a more or less self - sufficient association of persons who in their relations to one another recognize certain rules ...
If men's inclination to self - interest makes their vigilance against one another necessary , their public sense of justice makes their secure association together possible . Among individuals with disparate aims and purposes a shared ...
These principles may not work for the rules and practices of private associations or for those of less comprehensive social groups . They may be irrelevant for the various informal conventions and customs of everyday life ; they may not ...
They are the principles that free and rational persons concerned to further their own interests would accept in an initial position of equality as defining the fundamental terms of their association . These principles are to regulate ...
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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