`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
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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