A Theory of Justice

A Theory of Justice

by John Rawls, T. M. Scanlon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674017722

ISBN-13: 9780674017726

Pub. Date: 03/31/2005

Publisher: Harvard

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674017726
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/31/2005
Edition description:
Original Edition
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
258,468
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 1.56(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. IJustice as fairness3
Ch. IIThe principles of justice54
Ch. IIIThe original position118
Ch. IVEqual liberty195
Ch. VDistributive shares258
Ch. VIDuty and obligation333
Ch. VIIGoodness as rationality395
Ch. VIIIThe sense of justice453
Ch. IXThe good of justice513

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