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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These principles may not work for the rules and practices of private associations
or for those of less comprehensive social groups . They may be irrelevant for the
various informal conventions and customs of everyday life ; they may not ...
It may be expedient but it is not just that some should have less in order that
others may prosper . But there is no injustice in the greater benefits earned by a
few provided that the situation of persons not so fortunate is thereby improved .
These convictions are provisional fixed points which we presume any conception
of justice must fit . But we have much less assurance as to what is the correct
distribution of wealth and authority . Here we may be looking for a way to remove
The intuitionist hopes that once these axes , or principles , are identified , men
will in fact balance them more or less similarly , at least when they are impartial
and not moved by an excessive attention to their own interests . Or if this is not so
In the first case we would be describing a person's sense of justice more or less
as it is although allowing for the smoothing out of certain irregularities ; in the
second case a person's sense of justice may or may not undergo a radical shift .
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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