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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There is an identity of interests since social cooperation makes possible a better life for all than any would have if each were to live solely by his own efforts . There is a conflict of interests since persons are not indifferent as ...
If men's inclination to self - interest makes their vigilance against one another necessary , their public sense of justice makes their secure association together possible . Among individuals with disparate aims and purposes a shared ...
I shall be satisfied if it is possible to formulate a reasonable conception of justice for the basic structure of society conceived for the time being as a closed system isolated from other societies . The significance of this special ...
A person quite properly acts , at least when others are not affected , to achieve his own greatest good , to advance his rational ends as far as possible . Now why should not a society act on precisely the same principle applied to the ...
It is perfectly possible , from all that one knows at this point , that some form of the principle of utility would be adopted , and therefore that contract theory leads eventually to a deeper and more roundabout justification of ...
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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