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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See Nelson Goodman , Fact , Fiction , and Forecast ( Cambridge , Mass . , Harvard University Press , 1955 ) , pp . 65–68 , for parallel remarks concerning the justification of the principles of deductive and inductive inference .
The answer is that the conditions embodied in the description of the original position are ones that we do in fact accept . Or if we do not , then perhaps we can be persuaded to do so by philosophical reflection .
In fact a derivation of this kind is sometimes suggested by Bentham and Edgeworth , although it is not developed by them in any systematic way and to my knowledge it is not found in Sidgwick.14 For the present I shall simply assume that ...
But the intuitionist claims that , in fact , there is no such interpretation . He contends that there exists no expressible ethical conception which underlies these weights . A geometrical figure or a mathematical function may describe ...
Since in justice as fairness the principles of justice are not thought of as self - evident , but have their justification in the fact that they would be chosen , we may find in the grounds for their acceptance some guidance or ...
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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