`In a just society', wrote John Rawls, '...the rights secured by justice are not subject to political bargaining or to the calculus of social interests'. Existing societies seldom adhere to this principle, for what is just or unjust is usually in dispute. Professor Rawls sets out the principle of justice that free and rational persons would accept ...Read More`In a just society', wrote John Rawls, '...the rights secured by justice are not subject to political bargaining or to the calculus of social interests'. Existing societies seldom adhere to this principle, for what is just or unjust is usually in dispute. Professor Rawls sets out the principle of justice that free and rational persons would accept in an initial position of equality. After the first theoretical part of the book, which concludes with a persuasive critique of Utilitarianism, the author sets out to illustrate the content of his two principles of justice. He describes the basic structure that ideally satisfies these principles and examines the duties and obligations to which they give rise. Finally, he connects the theory of justice with a doctrine of the good. This book is intended for general readers with an interest in moral philosophy, the principles of justice. Students (undergraduate and above) of moral philosophy, law, and political philosophy.Read Less
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Very Good in Good+ dust jacket. Hardcover. 8vo. Harvard/Belknap press. 1971. 607 pgs. Xv, 607 pgs. First Edition/Fifth Printing. DJ in G+ shape with some rubbed panels, light sunning present to the spine and a tear present to the front panel. Previous owner's name in Chinese present to the top and bottom edge of the page block. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. Bx-47; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 607 pages.
First editon, fifth printing. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the original dust jacket with light wear to the crown of the spine. In his magisterial new work...John Rawls draws on the most subtle techniques of contemporary analytic philosophy to provide the social contract tradition with what is, from a philosophical point of view at least, the most formidable defense it has yet received...[and] makes available the powerful intellectual resources and the comprehensive approach that have so far eluded antiutilitarians. He also makes clear how wrong it was to claim, as so many were claiming only a few years back, that systematic moral and political philosophy are dead...Whatever else may be true it is surely true that we must develop a sterner and more fastidious sense of justice. In making his peerless contribution to political theory, John Rawls has made a unique contribution to this urgent task. No higher achievement is open to a scholar" (Marshall Cohen, New York Times Book Review).
Collectible; Very Good in Very Good jacket. A crisp, very presentable copy of the 1972 stated 2nd printing of this landmark in personal, constitutional and legal philosophy. Tight and VG+ (with small former owner name, address and date to the front free endpaper) in a bright, price-clipped, VG dustjacket, with light rubbing along the spine and at the panels. Thick octavo, 607 pgs. Very uncommon in its original hardback, the cloth edition having undoubtedly been printed in small numbers.
Very Good. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971. First edition. Hardcover. 607 pp. Near fine, in a near fine price-clipped jacket. Lightly bumped at the corners, jacket with mild sunning to the spine area and just a bit of rubbing. A clean, unmarked first edition copy of one of the most important, controversial and influential books published in our time. Of Rawls, the English philosopher Jonathan Wolff wrote that, "while there might be a dispute about the second most important political philosopher of the 20th century, there could be no dispute about the most important: John Rawls".
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