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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Each person possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override . For this reason justice denies that the loss of freedom for some is made right by a greater good shared by others .
by a greater good shared by others . It does not allow that the sacrifices imposed on a few are outweighed by the larger sum of advantages enjoyed by many . Therefore in a just society the liberties of equal citizenship are taken as ...
Since each desires to protect his interests , his capacity to advance his conception of the good , no one has a reason to acquiesce in an enduring loss for himself in order to bring about a greater net balance of satisfaction .
But there is no injustice in the greater benefits earned by a few provided that the situation of persons not so fortunate is thereby improved . The intuitive idea is that since everyone's well - being depends upon a scheme of ...
We may impose a sacrifice on ourselves now for the sake of a greater advantage later . A person quite properly acts , at least when others are not affected , to achieve his own greatest good , to advance his rational ends as far as ...
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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