A Theory of Justice
By (author) John Rawls
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Theory of Justice by John Rawls
Book DescriptionSince 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674000780
(235mm x 155mm x 36mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 8-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John Rawls
Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith, Paperback (May 2010)
"A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith" is the author's undergraduate senior thesis, submitted in December 1942, just before he entered the army. "On My Religion," a short statement drafted in 1997, describes the history of his religious beliefs and attitudes toward religion. This title includes these two texts.
Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy, Paperback (September 2008)
Offers readers an account of the liberal political tradition from a scholar viewed by many as the greatest contemporary exponent of the philosophy behind that tradition.
Political Liberalism, Paperback (March 2005)
Revises the ideas of justice as fairness that John Rawls presented in "A Theory of Justice" but changes its philosophical interpretation in a fundamental way.
Law of Peoples, Paperback (June 2001)» View all books by John Rawls
This work consists of two parts: "The Idea of Public Reason Revisited", published in 1997, and "The Law of Peoples", a reworking of an article published in 1993. Taken together, they are the culmination of more than 50 years of reflection on liberalism and on some pressing problems of our times.
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Author Biography - John Rawls
John Rawls was James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University. He was recipient of the 1999 National Humanities Medal.
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