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 PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE 54 10. Institutions and Formal Justice 54 11. Two Principles of Justice 60 12. Interpretations of the Second Principle 65 13. Democratic Equality and the Difference Principle 75 14. Fair Equality of Opportunity ...
That is , it is a society in which ( 1 ) everyone accepts and knows that the others accept the same principles of justice , and ( 2 ) the basic social institutions generally satisfy and are generally known to satisfy these principles .
The conditions for the law of nations may require different principles arrived at in a somewhat different way . I shall be satisfied if it is possible to formulate a reasonable conception of justice for the basic structure of society ...
Perhaps these principles will turn out to be perfectly general , although this is unlikely . It is sufficient that they apply to the most important cases of social justice . The point to keep in mind is that a conception of justice ...
But in doing this we should not lose sight of the special role of the principles of justice or of the primary subject to which they apply . In these preliminary remarks I have distinguished the concept of justice as meaning a proper ...
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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