A Theory of Justice. John Rawls.

A Theory of Justice

Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.

Paperback. 9" X 6". xv, 607pp. Rubbing, creasing, and toning to covers and edges of green paper wraps. Lean to spine. Dust-spotting to edges of text block. Previous owner's name in ink to half-title page. Light foxing to endpapers. Pages are clean and unmarked. Spine is cracked at pages 382-383. Binding remains sound.

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.(Publisher). Good. Item #8282
ISBN: 0674880145

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