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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David Diamond objected forcefully to my discussion of equality , particularly to its failure to consider the relevance of status . ... I had profitable discussions with David Richards on the problems of political duty and obligation .
Thus I have followed with some modifications the point of view of my “ Outline for Ethics . " I should also like to thank A. K. Sen for his searching discussion and criticisms of the theory of justice . These have enabled me to improve ...
The other limitation on our discussion is that for the most part I examine the principles of justice that would regulate a well - ordered society . Everyone is presumed to act justly and to do his upholding just institutions .
The discussion of civil disobedience , for example , depends upon it ( $$ 55–59 ) . 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 ...
... in Plato : A Collection of Critical Essays , edited by Vlastos ( Garden City , N.Y. , Doubleday and Company , 1971 ) , vol . 2 , pp . 70f . For a discussion of Aristotle on justice , see W. F. R. Hardie , Aristotle's Ethical Theory ...
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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