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A Theory of Justice

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ISBN13: 9780198250555
ISBN: 019825055X
Previous Edition ISBN: 0198813015
Published: November 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print



A Theory of Justice by John Rawls is one of the books by which our age will be remembered: perhaps the most important work of moral and political philosophy of the twentieth century, a classic to stand alongside Kant and Mill.

Rawls argues that the correct principles of justice are those that would be agreed to by free and rational persons, placed in the 'original position' behind a veil of ignorance: not knowing their own place in society; their class, race, or sex; their abilities, intelligence, or strengths; or even their conception of the good. Accordingly, he derives two principles of justice to regulate the distribution of liberties, and of social and economic goods.

In this revised edition the work is presented as Rawls himself wishes it to be transmitted to posterity, with numerous minor revisions and amendments and a new Preface in which Rawls reflects on his presentation of his thesis and explains how and why he has revised it.

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Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION
PART ONE: THEORY
I. JUSTICE AS FAIRNESS
II.THE PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE
III. THE ORIGINAL POSITION
PART TWO: INSTITUTIONS
IV. EQUAL LIBERTY
V. DISTRIBUTIVE SHARES
VI. DUTY AND OBLIGATION
PART THREE: ENDS
VII. GOODNESS AS RATIONALITY
VIII. THE SENSE OF JUSTICE
IX. THE GOOD OF JUSTICE
INDEX