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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... while the three chapters of the second part correspond respectively , but with many additions , to the topics of “ Constitutional Liberty " ( 1963 ) , “ Distributive Justice " ( 1967 ) , and " Civil Disobedience " ( 1966 ) .
13 ( 1968 ) ; " Constitutional Liberty and the Concept of Justice , " Nomos VI : Justice , ed . C. J. Friedrich and John Chapman ( New York , Atherton Press , 1963 ) ; “ Distributive Justice , ” Philosophy , Politics , and Society ...
Political Justice and the Constitution 221 37. Limitations on the Principle of Participation 228 38. The Rule of Law 235 39. The Priority of Liberty Defined 243 40. The Kantian Interpretation of Justice as Fairness 251 CHAPTER V.
By major institutions I understand the political constitution and the principal economic and social arrangements . Thus the legal protection of freedom of thought and liberty of conscience , competitive markets , private property in the ...
Then , having chosen a conception of justice , we can suppose that they are to choose a constitution and a legislature to enact laws , and so on , all in accordance with the principles of justice initially agreed upon .
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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