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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designed to advance the good of its members but when it is also effectively regulated by a public conception of justice . That is , it is a society in which ( 1 ) everyone accepts and knows that the others accept the same principles of ...
These principles , then , regulate the choice of a political constitution and the main elements of the economic and social system . The justice of a social scheme depends essentially on how fundamental rights and duties are assigned and ...
The other limitation on our discussion is that for the most part I examine the principles of justice that would regulate a well - ordered society . Everyone is presumed to act justly and to do his upholding just institutions .
These principles are to regulate all further agreements ; they specify the kinds of social cooperation that can be entered into and the forms of government that can be established . This way of regarding the principles of justice I ...
Justice as fairness begins , as I have said , with one of the most general of all choices which persons might make together , namely , with the choice of the first principles of a conception of justice which is to regulate all ...
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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