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 Priority Problem 40 9. Some Remarks about Moral Theory 46 CHAPTER II . 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.
The Problem of Relative Stability 496 77. The Basis of Equality 504 CHAPTER IX . THE GOOD OF JUSTICE 513 78. Autonomy and Objectivity 513 79. The Idea of Social Union 520 80. The Problem of Envy 530 81. Envy and Equality 534 82.
There are other fundamental social problems , in particular those of coordination , efficiency , and stability . Thus the plans of individuals need to be fitted together so that their activities are compatible with one another and they ...
First of all , I am concerned with a special case of the problem of justice . I shall not consider the justice of institutions and social practices generally , nor except in passing the justice of the law of nations 7 2.
I assume that any reasonably complete ethical theory must include principles for this fundamental problem and that these principles , whatever they are , constitute its doctrine of justice . The concept of justice I take to be defined ...
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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