A Theory of Justice: Original Edition
Harvard University Press, 31. mar. 2005 - 624 sider
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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What I have attempted to do is to generalize and carry to a higher order of
abstraction the traditional theory of the social contract as represented by Locke ,
Rousseau , and Kant . In this way hope that the theory can be developed so that it
is no ...
I then present the main idea of justice as fairness , a theory of justice that
generalizes and carries to a higher level of abstraction the traditional conception
of the social contract . The compact of society is replaced by an initial situation
In order to do this we are not to think of the original contract as one to enter a
particular society or to set up a particular form of government . Rather , the
guiding idea is that the principles of justice for the basic structure of society are
the object ...
In justice as fairness the original position of equality corresponds to the state of
nature in the traditional theory of the social contract . This original position is not ,
of course , thought of as an actual historical state of affairs , much less as a ...
It is , therefore , worth noting from the outset that justice as fairness , like other
contract views , consists of two parts : ( 1 ) an interpretation of the initial situation
and of the problem of choice posed there , and ( 2 ) a set of principles which , it is
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Review: A Theory of JusticeBrugeranmeldelse - Alex L - Goodreads
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. Læs hele anmeldelsen