`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 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.
First revised edition. First printing. VG. No inscriptions or annotations. Some key sections of the early text are, however, neatly highlighted. Very large, heavy softcover, glossy green and purple wrappers, purple and white lettering on front and spine, dark back with green lettering, 538 pp. 8vo-over 7 3/4 "-9 3/4 " tall. 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..
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.
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