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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In particular , the following sections should be emphasized : $ $ 66–67 of Chapter VII on moral worth and self - respect and related notions ; § 77 of Chapter VIII on the basis of equality ; and $$ 78–79 on autonomy and social union ...
I also owe him thanks , along with Norman Daniels , for pointing out difficulties with my account of utilitarianism as a basis for individual duties and obligations . Their objections led me to eliminate much of this topic and to ...
Primary Social Goods as the Basis of Expectations 90 16. Relevant Social Positions 95 17. The Tendency to Equality 100 18. Principles for Individuals : The Principle of Fairness 108 19. Principles for Individuals : The Natural Duties ...
Features of the Moral Sentiments 479 74. The Connection between Moral and Natural Attitudes 485 75. The Principles of Moral Psychology 490 76. The Problem of Relative Stability 496 77. The Basis of Equality 504 CHAPTER IX .
The reason for beginning with ideal theory is that it provides , I believe , the only basis for the systematic grasp of these more pressing problems . The discussion of civil disobedience , for example , depends upon it ( $$ 55–59 ) .
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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