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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It is evident that this definition is framed to apply to actions , and persons are
thought to be just insofar as they have , as ... Aristotle's definition clearly
presupposes , however , an account of what properly belongs to a person and of
what is due ...
Justice as fairness begins , as I have said , with one of the most general of all
choices which persons might make together , namely , with the choice of the first
principles of a conception of justice which is to regulate all subsequent criticism
But even this wider theory fails to embrace all moral relationships , since it would
seem to include only our relations with other persons and to leave out of account
how we are to conduct ourselves toward animals and the rest of nature . I do not ...
It is this spectator who is conceived as carrying out the required organization of
the desires of all persons into one coherent system of desire ; it is by this
construction that many persons are fused into one . Endowed with ideal powers
Thus while the first person ranks arrangement D equal with C , the second judges
D superior . This conception of justice imposes no limitations on what are the
correct weightings ; and therefore it allows different persons to arrive at a different
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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