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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We sometimes forget that the great utilitarians , Hume and Adam Smith , Bentham
and Mill , were social theorists and economists of the first rank ; and the moral
doctrine they worked out was framed to meet the needs of their wider interests ...
tion , give the best picture of the doctrine . 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 ...
It comprises such topics as the theory of punishment , the doctrine of just war ,
and the justification of the various ways of opposing unjust regimes , ranging from
civil disobedience and militant resistance to revolution and rebellion .
I assume that any reasonably complete ethical theory must include principles for
this fundamental problem and that these principles , whatever they are ,
constitute its doctrine of justice . The concept of justice I take to be defined , then ,
by the ...
They too have unfortunate suggestions which hostile critics have been willing to
exploit ; yet they are clear enough for those prepared to study utilitarian doctrine .
The same should be true of the term “ contract ” applied to moral theories .
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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