Justice as Fairness: A Restatement / Edition 1

Justice as Fairness: A Restatement / Edition 1

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by John Rawls
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674005112

ISBN-13: 9780674005112

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Harvard

This book originated as lectures for a course on political philosophy that Rawls taught regularly at Harvard in the 1980s. In time the lectures became a restatement of his theory of justice as fairness, revised in light of his more recent papers and his treatise Political Liberalism (1993). As Rawls writes in the preface, the restatement presents "in one

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This book originated as lectures for a course on political philosophy that Rawls taught regularly at Harvard in the 1980s. In time the lectures became a restatement of his theory of justice as fairness, revised in light of his more recent papers and his treatise Political Liberalism (1993). As Rawls writes in the preface, the restatement presents "in one place an account of justice as fairness as I now see it, drawing on all [my previous] works." He offers a broad overview of his main lines of thought and also explores specific issues never before addressed in any of his writings.

Rawls is well aware that since the publication of A Theory of Justice in 1971, American society has moved farther away from the idea of justice as fairness. Yet his ideas retain their power and relevance to debates in a pluralistic society about the meaning and theoretical viability of liberalism. This book demonstrates that moral clarity can be achieved even when a collective commitment to justice is uncertain.

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ISBN-13:
9780674005112
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
125,389
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword

Preface

Part I Fundamental Ideas

1. Four Roles of Political Philosophy

2. Society as a Fair System of Cooperation

3. The Idea of a Well-Ordered Society

4. The Idea of a Basic Structure

5. Limits to Our Inquiry

6. The Idea of the Original Position

7. The Idea of Free and Equal Persons

8. Relations between the Fundamental Ideas

9. The Idea of Public Justification

10. The Idea of Reflective Equilibrium

11. The Idea of an Overlapping Consensus

Part II Principles of Justice

12. Three Basic Points

13. Two Principles of Justice

14. The Problem of Distributive Justice

15. The Basic Structure as Subject: First Kind of Reason

16. The Basic Structure as Subject: Second Kind of Reason

17. Who Are the Least Advantaged?

18. The Difference Principle: Its Meaning

19. Objections via Counterexamples

20. Legitimate Expectations, Entitlement, and Desert

21. On Viewing Native Endowments as a Common Asset

22. Summary Comments on Distributive Justice and Desert

Part III The Argument from the Original Position

23. The Original Position: The Set-Up

24. The Circumstances of Justice

25. Formal Constrains and the Veil of Ignorance

26. The Idea of Public Reason

27. First Fundamental Comparison

28. The Structure of the Argument and the Maximum Rule

29. The Argument Stressing the Third Condition

30. The Priority of the Basic Liberties

31. An Objection about Aversion to Uncertainty

32. The Equal Basic Liberties Revisited

33. The Argument Stressing the Second Condition

34. Second Fundamental Comparison: Introduction

35. Grounds Falling under Publicity

36. Grounds Falling under Reciprocity

37. Grounds Falling under Stability

38. Grounds against the Principle of Restricted Utility

39. Comments on Equality

40. Concluding Remarks

Part IV Institutions of a Just Basic Structure

41. Property-Owning Democracy: Introductory Remarks

42. Some Basic Contrasts between Regimes

43. Ideas of the Good in Justice as Fairness

44. Constitutional versus Procedural Democracy

45. The Fair Value of the Equal Political Liberties

46. Denial of the Fair Value for Other Basic Liberties

47. Political and Comprehensive Liberalism: A Contrast

48. A Note on Head Taxes and the Priority of Liberty

49. Economic Institutions of a Property-Owning Democracy

50. The Family as a Basic Institution

51. The Flexibility of an Index of Primary Goods

52. Addressing Marx's Critique of Liberalism

53. Brief Comments on Leisure Time

Part V The Question of Stability

54. The Domain of the Political

55. The Question of Stability

56. Is Justice as Fairness Political in the Wrong Way?

57. How Is Political Liberalism Possible?

58. An Overlapping Consensus Not Utopian

59. A Reasonable Moral Psychology

60. The Good of Political Society

Index

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Justice as Fairness: A Restatement 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Challenging but Enlightening Read In 1971 John Rawls wrote a book called A Theory of Justice that caused quite a stir. Thirty years later he wrote Justice as Fairness that reiterated the main themes of his prior work while also expanding upon, clarifying, and defending his carefully crafted political philosophy (a concept of justice that works in a pluralistic society). The subject of "justice" is a complex one. Rawls draws upon not just his previous writings, but also his years of teaching at Harvard to develop this dense discussion on justice as fairness. He explains that, in his opinion, "the most reasonable principles of justice are those that would be the object of mutual agreement by persons under fair conditions." Whether you agree with the views presented in Justice as Fairness or take a different stance, it is an important book to explore if you are interested in law and/or philosophy. However, it is a difficult read, even if these are topics you are familiar with. If you are not, you will likely find yourself a bit lost. Have you read Trial by Fire and Water: The Medieval Judicial Ordeal?
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