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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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 ...
For example , if a man knew that he was wealthy , he might find it rational to advance the principle that various taxes for welfare measures be counted unjust ; if he knew that he 18 Justice as Fairness.
Or if there are priority rules , these are thought to be more or less trivial and of no substantial assistance in reaching a judgment.18 Various other contentions are commonly associated with intuitionism , for example , that the ...
... we are to balance somehow various competing criteria , for example , the claims of skill , training , effort , responsibility , and the hazards of the job , as well as to make some allowance for need . No one presumably would decide ...
For example , suppose that allocative efficiency , full employment , a larger national income , and its more equal distribution are accepted as social ends . Then , given the desired weighting of these aims , and the existing ...
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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