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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We must take into account its wider connections ; for even though justice has a certain priority , being the most important virtue of institutions , it is still true that , other things equal , one conception of justice is preferable to ...
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 of these more pressing problems .
I assume , for one thing , that there is a broad measure of agreement that principles of justice should be chosen under certain conditions . To justify a particular description of the initial situation one shows that it incorporates ...
things with care and have reached what we believe is an impartial judgment not likely to be distorted by an excessive attention to our own interests . These convictions are provisional fixed points which we presume any conception of ...
Indeed , it is tempting to suppose that it is self - evident that things should be arranged so as to lead to the most good . It is essential to keep in mind that in a teleological theory the good is defined independently from the right ...
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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