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 outcome is that we often seem forced to choose between utilitarianism and intuitionism . ... Moreover , this theory seems to offer an alternative systematic account of justice that is superior , or so I argue , to the dominant ...
Offhand it hardly seems likely that persons who view themselves as equals , entitled to press their claims upon one another , would agree to a principle which may ...
The two principles mentioned seem to be a fair agreement on the basis of which those better endowed , or more fortunate in their social position , neither of which we can be said to deserve , could expect the willing cooperation of ...
Each of the presumptions should by itself be natural and plausible ; some of them may seem innocuous or even trivial . ... The idea here is simply to make vivid to ourselves the restrictions that it seems reasonable to impose on ...
Now it seems that the simplest way of relating them is taken by teleological theories : the good is defined independently from ... Teleological theories have a deep intuitive appeal since they seem to embody the idea of rationality .
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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