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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Principles for Individuals : The Principle of Fairness 108 19. Principles for Individuals : The Natural Duties 114 CHAPTER III . THE ORIGINAL POSITION 118 20. The Nature of the Argument for Conceptions of Justice 118 21.
Thus the plans of individuals need to be fitted together so that their activities are compatible with one another and they can all be carried through without anyone's legitimate expectations being severely disappointed .
Since the principle for an individual is to advance as far as possible his own welfare , his own system of desires , the principle for society is to advance as far as possible the welfare of the group ...
individuals . It is impossible to deny the initial plausibility and attractiveness of this conception . The striking feature of the utilitarian view of justice is that it does not matter , except indirectly , how this sum of ...
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