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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They are the principles that free and rational persons concerned to further their
own interests would accept in an initial position of equality as defining the
fundamental terms of their association . These principles are to regulate all
it is rational for him to pursue , so a group of persons must decide once and for all
what is to count among them as just and unjust . The choice which rational men
would make in this hypothetical situation of equal liberty , assuming for the ...
It is clear , then , that I want to say that one conception of justice is more
reasonable than another , or justifiable with respect to it , if rational persons in the
initial situation would choose its principles over those of the other for the role of
The aim is to rule out those principles that it would be rational to propose for
acceptance , however little the chance of success , only if one knew certain things
that are irrelevant from the standpoint of justice . For example , if a man knew that
We may note first that there is , indeed , a way of thinking of society which makes
it easy to suppose that the most rational conception of justice is utilitarian . For
consider : each man in realizing his own interests is certainly free to balance his ...
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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