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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So far this is about a third of the whole and comprises most of the essentials of the theory . There is a danger , however , that without consideration of the argument of the last part , the theory of justice will be misunderstood .
Theory CHAPTER I. JUSTICE AS FAIRNESS 3 1. The Role of Justice 3 2. The Subject of Justice 7 3. The Main Idea of the Theory of Justice 11 4. The Original Position and Justification 17 5. Classical Utilitarianism 22 6.
The Need for a Theory of the Good 395 61. The Definition of Good for Simpler Cases 399 62. A Note on Meaning 404 63. The Definition of Good for Plans of Life 407 64. Deliberative Rationality 416 65. The Aristotelian Principle 424 66.
compliance theory are the pressing and urgent matters . These are the things that we are faced with in everyday life . The reason for beginning with ideal theory is that it provides , I believe , the only basis for the systematic grasp ...
I have also characterized justice as but one part of a social ideal , although the theory I shall propose no doubt extends its everyday sense . This theory is not offered as a description of ordinary meanings but as an account of ...
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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