A Theory of Justice

A Theory of Justice

Revised Edition

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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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780674000780
Publisher: Harvard
Imprint: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Pub date:
Edition: Revised Edition
DEWEY: 320.011
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 20243
Number of pages: 538
Weight: 626g
Height: 233mm
Width: 155mm
Spine width: 34mm