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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I also owe him thanks , along with Norman Daniels , for pointing out difficulties with my account of utilitarianism as a basis for individual duties and obligations . Their objections led me to eliminate much of this topic and to ...
DUTY AND OBLIGATION 333 51. The Arguments for the Principles of Natural Duty 333 52. The Arguments for the Principle of Fairness 342 53. The Duty To Comply with an Unjust Law 350 54. The Status of Majority Rule 356 55.
In this sense its members are autonomous and the obligations they recognize self - imposed . One feature of justice as fairness is to think of the parties in the initial situation as rational and mutually disinterested .
... for example , Hume maintains that the principles of fidelity and allegiance both have the same foundation in utility , and therefore that nothing is gained from basing political obligation on an original contract .
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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