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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I should like to express my deep appreciation for its support in 1969–1970 , and
for that of the Guggenheim and Kendall foundations in 1964–1965 . I am grateful
to Anna Tower and to Margaret Griffin for helping me with the final manuscript .
Being first virtues of human activities , truth and justice are uncompromising
These propositions seem to express our intuitive conviction of the primacy of
justice . No doubt they are expressed too strongly . In any event I wish to inquire
They express the result of leaving aside those aspects of the social world that
seem arbitrary from a moral point of view . The problem of the choice of principles
, however , is extremely difficult . I do not expect the answer I shall suggest to be ...
This concept should cause no difficulty if we keep in mind the constraints on
arguments that it is meant to express . At any time we can enter the original
position , so to speak , simply by following a certain procedure , namely , by
arguing for ...
These constraints express what we are prepared to regard as limits on fair terms
of social cooperation . One way to look at the idea of the original position ,
therefore , is to see it as an expository device which sums up the meaning of
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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