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A Theory of Justice (1971)

by John Rawls

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This volume is a widely-read book of political philosophy and ethics. Arguing for a principled reconciliation of liberty and equality, it attempts to solve the problem of distributive justice (this concerns what is considered to be socially just with respect to the allocation of goods in a society). The resultant theory is known as "Justice as Fairness", from which the author derives his two famous principles of justice. The first of these two principles is known as the equal liberty principle. The second principle is split into two parts; the first, known as fair equality of opportunity, asserts that justice should not benefit those with advantageous social contingencies; while the second, reflecting the idea that inequality is only justified if it is to the advantage of those who are less well-off, is known as the difference principle.… (more)
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    English-Speaking Justice by George Parkin Grant (gabriel)
    gabriel: A short and brilliant work by Canada's greatest political philosopher, it critically engages Rawls' classic "A Theory of Justice".
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    Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership by Martha C. Nussbaum (JuliaMaria)
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Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought. A theory however elegant and economical must be rejected or revised if it is untrue; likewise laws and institutions no matter how efficient and well-arranged must be reformed or abolished if they are unjust. ( )
  drbrand | Jan 24, 2023 |
The book that I wound up reading most often in college (my major was Ethics, Politics and Economics). It shaped my worldview and politics perhaps more than any other book ever. I am elevating it from 4 stars to 5 stars because of that, in spite of the fact that it can be a bit of a slog. With this book, Rawls reignited political theory after a period during which not much of anything new had been said for decades, but he's not exactly a brilliant prose stylist. ( )
  Robert_Musil | Dec 15, 2019 |
I recall being very impressed by the Veil of Ignorance test, though the test is contested by many.
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  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
I recall being very impressed by the Veil of Ignorance test, though the test is contested by many.
Read, Write, Dream, Teach !

ShiraDest
19 February, 12016 HE
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  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
Test
  Mandyshu | Jan 24, 2019 |
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This volume is a widely-read book of political philosophy and ethics. Arguing for a principled reconciliation of liberty and equality, it attempts to solve the problem of distributive justice (this concerns what is considered to be socially just with respect to the allocation of goods in a society). The resultant theory is known as "Justice as Fairness", from which the author derives his two famous principles of justice. The first of these two principles is known as the equal liberty principle. The second principle is split into two parts; the first, known as fair equality of opportunity, asserts that justice should not benefit those with advantageous social contingencies; while the second, reflecting the idea that inequality is only justified if it is to the advantage of those who are less well-off, is known as the difference principle.

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