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 choice which rational men would make in this hypothetical situation of equal liberty , assuming for the present that this choice problem has a solution , determines the principles of justice . In justice as fairness the original ...
Our social situation is just if it is such that by this sequence of hypothetical agreements we would have contracted into the general system of rules which defines it . Moreover , assuming that the original position does determine a set ...
The initial situation must be characterized by stipulations that are widely accepted . In working out the conception of justice as fairness one main task clearly is to determine which principles of justice would be chosen in the ...
But there is no injustice in the greater benefits earned by a few provided that the situation of persons not so fortunate is thereby improved . The intuitive idea is that since everyone's well - being depends upon a scheme of ...
It is clear , then , that I want to say that one conception of justice is more reasonable than another , or justifiable with respect to it , if rational persons in the initial situation would choose its principles over those of the ...
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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