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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And finally , the scheme of social cooperation must be stable : it must be more or less regularly complied with and its basic rules willingly acted upon ; and when infractions occur , stabilizing forces should exist that prevent further ...
Once we reach a certain level of generality , the intuitionist maintains that there exist no higher - order constructive criteria for determining the proper emphasis for the competing principles of justice . While the complexity of the ...
He contends that there exists no expressible ethical conception which underlies these weights . ... A refutation of intuitionism consists in presenting the sort of constructive criteria that are said not to exist .
Intuitionism denies that there exists any useful and explicit solution to the priority problem . I now turn to a brief discussion of this topic . 8. THE PRIORITY PROBLEM We have seen that intuitionism raises the question of the extent ...
If men's intuitive priority judgments are similar , it does not matter , practically speaking , that they cannot formulate the principles which account for these convictions , or even whether such principles exist .
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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