A Theory of Justice, Revised Edition

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Harvard University Press, Sep 30, 1999 - Philosophy - 538 pages
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Since it appeared in 1971, John Rawls's A Theory of Justice has become a classic. The author has now revised the original edition to clear up a number of difficulties he and others have found in the original book.

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.

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I read this one quite a while ago in college, back when I was in the process of choosing which Western political philosophy is most aligned with my views. My prof recommended this one as a companion ... Read full review

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A long involved theory of justice - create a society where you would be treated fairly, if you do not know what position you would occupy in such a society. Read full review

Contents

JUSTICE AS FAIRNESS
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The Subject of Justice
6
The Main Idea of the Theory of Justice
10
Copyright

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About the author (1999)


John Rawls was James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University. He was recipient of the 1999 National Humanities Medal.




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