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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... Hume and Adam Smith , Bentham and Mill , were social theorists and
economists of the first rank ; and the moral doctrine they worked out was framed
to meet the needs of their wider interests and to fit into a comprehensive scheme .
And finally , the scheme of social cooperation must be stable : it must be more or
less regularly complied with and its basic rules willingly acted upon ; and when
infractions occur , stabilizing forces should exist that prevent further violations
Taken together as one scheme , the major institutions define men's rights and
duties and influence their lifeprospects , what they can expect to be and how well
they can hope to do . The basic structure is the primary subject of justice because
No society can , of course , be a scheme of cooperation which men enter
voluntarily in a literal sense ; each person finds himself placed at birth in some
particular position in some particular society , and the nature of this position
The intuitive idea is that since everyone's well - being depends upon a scheme of
cooperation without which no one could have a satisfactory life , the division of
advantages should be such as to draw forth the willing cooperation of everyone ...
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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