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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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 ...
I assume that any reasonably complete ethical theory must include principles for this fundamental problem and that these principles , whatever they are , constitute its doctrine of justice . The concept of justice I take to be defined ...
The choice which rational men would make in this hypothetical situation of equal liberty , assuming for the ... I shall even assume that the parties do not know their conceptions of the good or their special psychological propensities .
I assume , for one thing , that there is a broad measure of agreement that principles of justice should be chosen under certain conditions . To justify a particular description of the initial situation one shows that it incorporates ...
... them to principle , I assume that eventually we shall find a description of the initial situation that both expresses reasonable conditions and yields principles which match our considered judgments duly pruned and adjusted .
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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