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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Comparisons and contrasts with other theories , and criticisms thereof now and then , especially of utilitarianism , are viewed as means to this end . By not including most of Chapters IV - VIII in the more basic parts of the book ...
Thus the legal protection of freedom of thought and liberty of conscience , competitive markets , private property in the means of production , and the monogamous family are examples of major social institutions .
cepts of justice and fairness are the same , any more than the phrase “ poetry as metaphor ” means that the concepts of poetry and metaphor are the same . Justice as fairness begins , as I have said , with one of the most general of all ...
Society must allocate its means of satisfaction whatever these are , rights and duties , opportunities and privileges , and various forms of wealth , so as to achieve this maximum if it can . But in itself no distribution of ...
In each case there is a single person whose system of desires determines the best allocation of limited means . The correct decision is essentially a question of efficient administration . This view of social cooperation is the ...
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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