A Theory of Justice


A Theory of Justice Author John Rawls
ISBN-10 0674000781
ISBN-13 9780674000780
Year 1999-09-30
Pages 560
Language English
Publisher Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press
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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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