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 do not contend that the contract notion offers a way to approach these questions which are certainly of the first ... Understood in this way the question of justification is settled by working out a problem of deliberation : we have ...
... turn in recent years by focusing on what we may call the coordination problem and related questions of publicity . ... leave aside as not bearing directly on the more elementary question of distribution which I wish to discuss .
The question of attaining the greatest net balance of satisfaction never arises in justice as fairness ; this maximum principle is not used at all . There is a further point in this connection . In utilitarianism the satisfaction of any ...
How far such a view is committed to certain epistemological theories is a separate question . Now so understood , there are many kinds of intuitionism . Not only are our everyday notions of this type but so perhaps are most ...
Since the whole question is rather difficult , I shall only make a few comments here the full sense of which will not be clear until later on . The first point is connected with the fact that the principles of justice are those which ...
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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