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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Among the essential features of this situation is that no one knows his place in
society , his class position or social status , nor does any one know his fortune in
the distribution of natural assets and abilities , his intelligence , strength , and the
One argues from widely accepted but weak premises to more specific
conclusions . Each of the presumptions should by itself be natural and plausible ;
some of them may seem innocuous or even trivial . The aim of the contract
approach is to ...
In this manner the veil of ignorance is arrived at in a natural way . 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 ...
And so by these reflections one reaches the principle of utility in a natural way : a
society is properly arranged when its institutions maximize the net balance of
satisfaction . The principle of choice for an association of men is interpreted as an
Each member of society is thought to have an inviolability founded on justice or ,
as some say , on natural right , which even the welfare of every one else cannot
override . Justice denies that the loss of freedom for some is made right by a ...
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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