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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They are the principles that free and rational persons concerned to further their own interests would accept in an initial position of equality as defining the fundamental terms of their association . These principles are to regulate ...
We should insure further that particular inclinations and aspirations , and persons ' conceptions of their good do not affect the principles adopted . The aim is to rule out those principles that it would be rational to propose for ...
If not , we look for further premises equally reasonable . But if so , and these principles match our considered convictions of justice , then so far well and good . But presumably there will be discrepancies .
And of course the primacy of justice noted in $ 1 , as well as the priority of right as found in Kant , are further cases of such an ordering The theory of utility in economics began with an implicit recognition of the hierarchical ...
If such a conception does exist , then , from the standpoint of the original position , there would be strong reasons for accepting it , since it is rational to introduce further coherence into our common convictions of justice .
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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