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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tion , give the best picture of the doctrine . So far this is about a third of the whole and comprises most of the essentials of the theory . There is a danger , however , that without consideration of the argument of the last part ...
The more specific sense that Aristotle gives to justice , and from which the most ... Now such entitlements are , I believe , very often derived from social institutions and the legitimate expectations to which they give rise .
of principle between the claims of liberty and right on the one hand and the desirability of increasing aggregate social welfare on the other ; and that we give a certain priority , if not absolute weight , to the former .
But this restriction is largely formal , and in the absence of fairly detailed knowledge of the circumstances it does not give much indication of what these desires and propensities are . This is not , by itself , an objection to ...
Intuitionist theories , then , have two features : first , they consist of a plurality of first principles which may conflict to give contrary directives in particular types of cases ; and second , they include no explicit method ...
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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