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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The Center for Advanced Study at Stanford provided the ideal place for me to complete my work . I should like to express my deep appreciation for its support in 1969–1970 , and for that of the Guggenheim and Kendall foundations in ...
The reason for beginning with ideal theory is that it provides , I believe , the only basis for the systematic grasp of these more pressing problems . The discussion of civil disobedience , for example , depends upon it ( $$ 55–59 ) .
I have also characterized justice as but one part of a social ideal , although the theory I shall propose no doubt extends its everyday sense . This theory is not offered as a description of ordinary meanings but as an account of ...
The ideal outcome would be that these conditions determine a unique set of principles ; but I shall be satisfied if they suffice to rank the main traditional conceptions of social justice .
Endowed with ideal powers of sympathy and imagination , the impartial spectator is the perfectly rational individual who identifies with and experiences the desires of others as if these desires were his own . In this way he ascertains ...
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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