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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Therefore in a just society the liberties of equal citizenship are taken as settled ; the rights secured by justice are not subject to political bargaining or to the calculus of social interests . The only thing that permits us to ...
This does not mean that the parties are egoists , that is , individuals with only certain kinds of interests , say in wealth , prestige , and domination . But they are conceived as not taking an interest in one another's interests .
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 .
the beliefs and interests of the parties , their relations with respect to one another , the alternatives between which they are to choose , the procedure whereby they make up their minds , and so on . As the circumstances are presented ...
things with care and have reached what we believe is an impartial judgment not likely to be distorted by an excessive attention to our own interests . These convictions are provisional fixed points which we presume any conception of ...
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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