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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The only thing that permits us to acquiesce in an erroneous theory is the lack of a better one ; analogously , an injustice is tolerable only when it is necessary to avoid an even greater injustice . Being first virtues of human ...
I do not claim for the principles of justice proposed that they are necessary truths or derivable from such truths . A conception of justice cannot be deduced from selfevident premises or conditions on principles ; instead , its ...
These characteristic epistemological doctrines are not a necessary part of intuitionism as I understand it . Perhaps it would be better if we were to speak of intuitionism in this broad sense as pluralism .
To reach some measure of understanding and agreement which goes beyond a mere de facto resolution of competing interests and a reliance on existing conventions and established expectations , it is necessary to move to a more general ...
The original agreement settles how far they are prepared to compromise and to simplify in order to establish the priority rules necessary for a common conception of justice . I have reviewed two obvious and simple ways of dealing ...
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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