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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designed to advance the good of its members but when it is also effectively regulated by a public conception of justice . That is , it is a society in which ( 1 ) everyone accepts and knows that the others accept the same principles of ...
It is evident that this definition is framed to apply to actions , and persons are thought to be just insofar as they have , as one of the permanent elements of their character , a steady and effective desire to act justly .
Moreover , the concept of rationality must be interpreted as far as possible in the narrow sense , standard in economic theory , of taking the most effective means to given ends . I shall modify this concept to some extent ...
35–41 , 115–121 , where analogous restrictions are introduced by the concept of the effective average . Robert Nozick discusses some of the problems in developing this kind of intuitionism in “ Moral Complications and Moral Structures ...
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Review: A Theory of JusticeUser Review - Alex L - Goodreads
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