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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press (April 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674017722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674017726
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. (Marshall Cohen New York Times Book Review)

The most substantial and interesting contribution to moral philosophy since the war. (Stuart Hampshire New York Review of Books)

I mean...to press my recommendation of [this book] to non-philosophers, especially those holding positions of responsibility in law and government. For the topic with which it deals is central to this country's purposes, and the misunderstanding of that topic is central to its difficulties. (Peter Caws New Republic)

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John Rawls was James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University. He was recipient of the 1999 National Humanities Medal.

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John Rawls was James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University. He was recipient of the 1999 National Humanities Medal.

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You may even agree with the first part, but then get kind of disgruntled as you keep reading.
L. DeNardis
Most of them appear to be taking potshots at the axioms that Rawls presents rather than the way he builds on such axioms or premises.
June
The fact that this is a more convenient explanation does not mean that it is a better one, however.
P. Capofreddi

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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Joe J. Kern on November 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Rawls significantly revised his book after its initial publication, clarifying points and answering criticisms, and he considers the Revised Edition to be the definitive version. But the Original Edition is what comes up in Amazon searches, with no indication that there even is a revised edition, so use the ISBN to do your search to find it:

0-674-00078-1

or

9780674000780

In the introduction, the publishers of the reprinted Original Edition said they wanted it to remain in print mainly for Rawls scholars, to trace his thought.

Rawls says in his introduction to the 1999 publication of the Revised Edition, "This revised text includes what I believe are significant improvements...(and is) superior to the original."
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Seth Oldmixon on October 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
A Theory of Justice is surprisingly accessible, even to those of us without extensive training in philosophy. Rawls briefly examines two of the most influential Western liberal philosophers (Locke and Mill), and then proceeds to construct his own Theory which builds on Locke and Mill while solving for some of the deficiences in each.

As Rawls admitted, the gist of his Theory can be gleaned from the first part of the book, though the book reads easily enough that one should be able to get through the whole thing fairly quickly.

I highly recommend this book to those who think of philosophy as convoluted jargon written long ago by men in powdered wigs and robes, as well as to those who are unsure of the philosophical basis for much modern liberal political thought. A remarkably accessible and important development in liberal thought.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
John Bordley Rawls (1921-2002) was a professor at Harvard University, and also wrote books such as Political Liberalism: Expanded Edition (Columbia Classics in Philosophy), Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1971 book, "Perhaps I can best explain my aim in this book as follows: During much of modern moral philosophy the predominant systematic theory has been some form of utilitarianism... What I have attempted to do is to generalize and carry to a higher order of abstraction the traditional theory of the social contract... My ambitions for the book will be completely realized is it enables one to see more clearly the chief structural features of the alternative conception of justice that is implicit in the contract tradition and points the way to its further elaboration."

He begins by stating that "in a just society the liberties of equal citizenship are taken as settled; the rights secured by justice are not subject to political bargaining or to the calculus of social interests... an injustice is tolerable only when it is necessary to avoid an even greater injustice." (Pg. 4) He adds that in a well-ordered society (1) everyone accepts the same principles of justice, and (2) the basic social institutions satisfy these principles. (Pg. 5) His major idea is that the principles of justice are the object of the original social contract or agreement; "This way of regarding the principles of justice I shall call justice as fairness." (Pg.
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43 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
Rawls exposition is clear; He defines Justice as the first virtue of society, and then defines Justice as Fairness, and proceeds from there to a description of a set of formally fair procedures for constructing a just society. Chief among those is his doctrine of "The Original Position", i.e. the situation in which a person takes no thought for personal advantage, including one's own in-born abilities, and then attempts to construct an ethical framework to guide the constitution of society. Although the work is vague, it is because he necessarily works at a very high level of abstraction. I also believe his work is -wrong- (because I think valuing human life is the first virtue of human society, not justice), but it is the clearest description of Kantian analytic social theory ever presented. As such, if it -is- wrong, it is because analytic social theories are wrong as a class, not because Rawls made mistakes. A very good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A4WES on February 15, 2014
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You cannot understand contemporary political theory without knowing about Rawls's theory of justice ("justice as fairness"). While it is important to know the changes Rawls made in POLITICAL LIBERALISM, this book is still essential for understanding many components of his theory.
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Do not be fooled: John Rawl's Theory of Justice is probably the most important political philosophy book ever printed in the XX Century. However it not an accessible book. Rawls is a complex philosopher and uses both modern liberal theory and contemporary liberal theory, which demand a very educated reader.
The introductory chapter might be the only one completely clear to any reader and in fact is one hell of a summary. However, the first part on its whole has complex details which Rawls had to continually review in further books. The book's second part is by far the most interesting. It reviews the institutions of just societies. Chapter IV is gorgeous and understandable. However, there are considerations which are clarified in the first part and make it a philosophical puzzle.
I value A Theory of Justice as probably one of the most important pieces of political philosophy ever written in english, but this is not for first timers and I believe you should be taking a course with a commentator not to repent to buy this book. I would gladly recommend the reader of liberal theory to begin reading Rawls' critic Robert Nozick. Nozick's Anarchy, State and Utopia might not be such an impressive book but it is far more accessible and it will coherently introduce the problems of contemporary political philosophy to the reader. Of course, Nozick's ideological claims all over the book are far less moderate than Rawls.
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