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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Suppose further that these rules specify a system of cooperation designed to advance the good of those taking part in it . Then , although a society is a cooperative venture for mutual advantage , it is typically marked by a conflict as ...
These principles may not work for the rules and practices of private associations or for those of less comprehensive social groups . They may be irrelevant for the various informal conventions and customs of everyday life ; they may not ...
In this way he ascertains the intensity of these desires and assigns them their appropriate weight in the one system of desire the satisfaction of which the ideal legislator then tries to maximize by adjusting the rules of the social ...
Or if there are priority rules , these are thought to be more or less trivial and of no substantial assistance in reaching a judgment.18 Various other contentions are commonly associated with intuitionism , for example , that the ...
It may contain the requisite priority rules . To emphasize the direct appeal to our considered judgment in the balancing of principles , it seems appropriate to think of intuitionism in this more general fashion .
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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