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 this case while men may put forth excessive demands on one another , they nevertheless acknowledge a common point of view from which their claims may be adjudicated . If men's inclination to self - interest makes their vigilance ...
II of the essay “ Concerning the Common Saying : This May Be True in Theory but It Does Not Apply in Practice , ” in Kant's Political Writings , ed . Hans Reiss and trans . by H. B. Nisbet ( Cambridge , The University Press , 1970 ) ...
But in itself no distribution of satisfaction is better than another except that the more equal distribution is to be preferred to break ties.12 It is true that certain common sense precepts of justice , particularly those which concern ...
Justice as fairness attempts to account for these common sense convictions concerning the priority of justice by showing that they are the consequence of principles which would be chosen in the original position .
For Hume , then , utility seems to be identical with some form of the common good ; institutions satisfy its demands when they are to everyone's interests , at least in the long run . Now if this interpretation of Hume is correct ...
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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