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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Ends CHAPTER VII . GOODNESS AS RATIONALITY 395 60. The Need for a Theory of the Good 395 61. The Definition of Good for Simpler Cases 399 62. A Note on Meaning 404 63. The Definition of Good for Plans of Life 407 64.
To this end it is necessary to work out a theory of justice in the light of which these assertions can be ... by their collaboration are distributed , for in order to pursue their ends they each prefer a larger to a lesser share .
In searching for the most favored description of this situation we work from both ends . We begin by describing it so that it represents generally shared and preferably weak conditions . We then see if these conditions are strong enough ...
On the contrary : if we assume that the correct regulative principle for anything depends on the nature of that thing , and that the plurality of distinct persons with separate systems of ends is an essential feature of human societies ...
In justice as fairness , on the other hand , persons accept in advance a principle of equal liberty and they do this without a knowledge of their more particular ends . They implicitly agree , therefore , to conform their conceptions of ...
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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