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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Primary Social Goods as the Basis of Expectations 90 16. Relevant Social Positions 95 17. The Tendency to Equality 100 18. Principles for Individuals : The Principle of Fairness 108 19. Principles for Individuals : The Natural Duties ...
The Problem of Justice between Generations 284 45. Time Preference 293 46. Further Cases of Priority 298 47. The Precepts of Justice 303 48. Legitimate Expectations and Moral Desert 310 49. Comparison with Mixed Conceptions 315 50.
Thus the plans of individuals need to be fitted together so that their activities are compatible with one another and they can all be carried through without anyone's legitimate expectations being severely disappointed .
... have different expectations of life determined , in part , by the political system as well as by economic and social circumstances . In this way the institutions of society favor certain starting places over others .
Now such entitlements are , I believe , very often derived from social institutions and the legitimate expectations to which they give rise . There is no reason to 3. Nicomachean Ethics , 1129b - 113065 .
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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