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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His book will prove indispensable to philosophers who wish to study the more formal theory of social choice as economists think of it . At the same time , the philosophical problems receive careful treatment .
Happiness and Dominant Ends 548 84. Hedonism as a Method of Choice 554 85. The Unity of the Self 560 86. The Good of the Sense of Justice 567 87. Concluding Remarks on Justification 577 Index 589 XV Contents.
The choice which rational men would make in this hypothetical situation of equal liberty , assuming for the present that this choice problem has a solution , determines the principles of justice . In justice as fairness the original ...
... with one of the most general of all choices which persons might make together , namely , with the choice of the first principles of a conception of justice which is to regulate all subsequent criticism and reform of institutions .
The problem of the choice of principles , however , is extremely difficult . I do not expect the answer I shall suggest to be convincing to everyone . It is , therefore , worth noting from the outset that justice as fairness ...
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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