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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At least , I shall assume that a deeper understanding can be gained in no other way , and that the nature and aims of a perfectly just society is the fundamental part of the theory of justice . Now admittedly the concept of the basic ...
It simply happens that under most conditions , at least in a reasonably advanced stage of civilization , the greatest sum of advantages is not attained in this way . No doubt the strictness of common sense precepts of justice has a ...
Yet utilitarianism is not individualistic , at least when arrived at by the more natural course of reflection , in that , by conflating all systems of desires , it applies to society the principle of choice for one man .
... interests and a reliance on existing conventions and established expectations , it is necessary to move to a more general scheme for determining the balance of precepts , or at least for confining it within narrower limits .
At least it would single out the criteria which are significant , the apparent axes , so to speak , of our considered judgments of social justice . The intuitionist hopes that once these axes , or principles , are identified , men will ...
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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