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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Among individuals with disparate aims and purposes a shared conception of justice establishes the bonds of civic friendship ; the general desire for justice limits the pursuit of other ends . One may think of a public conception of ...
These constraints express what we are prepared to regard as limits on fair terms of social cooperation . One way to look at the idea of the original position , therefore , is to see it as an expository device which sums up the meaning ...
6 ( 1956 ) , and his An Outline of a System of Utilitarian Ethics ( Cambridge , The University Press , 1961 ) . For an account of these matters , see David Lyons , Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism ( Oxford , The Clarendon Press ...
The principles of right , and so of justice , put limits on which satisfactions have value ; they impose restrictions on what are reasonable conceptions of one's good . In drawing up plans and in deciding on aspirations men are to take ...
Now any theory of justice will set up some limits of this kind , namely , those that are required if its first principles are to be satisfied given the circumstances . Utilitarianism excludes those desires and propensities which if ...
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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