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 significance of this special case is obvious and needs no explanation . It is natural to conjecture that once we have a sound theory for this case , the remaining problems of justice will prove more tractable in the light of it .
it is rational for him to pursue , so a group of persons must decide once and for all what is to count among them as just and unjust . The choice which rational men would make in this hypothetical situation of equal liberty , assuming ...
Once we understand this , the apparent disparity between the utilitarian principle and the strength of these persuasions of justice is no longer a philosophical difficulty . Thus while the contract doctrine accepts our convictions about ...
The intuitionist hopes that once these axes , or principles , are identified , men will in fact balance them more or less similarly , at least when they are impartial and not moved by an excessive attention to their own interests .
The intuitionist and his critic will have to settle this question once the latter has put forward his more systematic account . It may be asked whether intuitionistic theories are teleological or 39 7. Intuitionism.
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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