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.
In this case while men may put forth excessive demands on one another , they nevertheless acknowledge a common point of view from which their claims may be adjudicated . If men's inclination to self - interest makes their vigilance ...
In these preliminary remarks I have distinguished the concept of justice as meaning a proper balance between competing claims from a conception of justice as a set of related principles for identifying the relevant considerations which ...
think that Aristotle would disagree with this , and certainly he has a conception of social justice to account for these claims . The definition I adopt is designed to apply directly to the most important case , the justice of the basic ...
Furthermore , principles of justice deal with conflicting claims upon the advantages won by social cooperation ; they apply to the relations among several persons or groups . The word “ contract ” suggests this plurality as well as the ...
... to break ties.12 It is true that certain common sense precepts of justice , particularly those which concern the protection of liberties and rights , or which express the claims of desert , seem to contradict this contention .
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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