Justice as Fairness A Restatement

ISBN-10: 0674005112
ISBN-13: 9780674005112
Edition: 2nd 2001
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Description: This text originated as lectures for a course on political philosophy that John Rawls taught regularly at Harvard in the 1980s. In time the lectures became a restatement of his theory of justice as fairness.

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List price: $32.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 5/16/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

This text originated as lectures for a course on political philosophy that John Rawls taught regularly at Harvard in the 1980s. In time the lectures became a restatement of his theory of justice as fairness.

John Rawls, professor of philosophy at Harvard University, had published a number of articles on the concept of justice as fairness before the appearance of his magnum opus, A Theory of Justice (1971). While the articles had won for Rawls considerable prestige, the reception of his book thrust him into the front ranks of contemporary moral philosophy. Presenting a Kantian alternative to conventional utilitarianism and intuitionism, Rawls offers a theory of justice that is contractual and that rests on principles that he alleges would be accepted by free, rational persons in a state of nature, that is, of equality. The chorus of praise was loud and clear. Stuart Hampshire acclaimed the book as "the most substantial and interesting contribution to moral philosophy since the war."H. A. Bedau declared: "As a work of close and original scholarship in the service of the dominant moral and political ideology of our civilization, Rawls's treatise is simply without a rival." Rawls historically achieved two important things: (1) He articulated a coherent moral philosophy for the welfare state, and (2) he demonstrated that analytic philosophy was most capable of doing constructive work in moral philosophy. A Theory of Justice has become the most influential work in political, legal, and social philosophy by an American author in the twentieth century.

Erin Kelly read English at Warwick University. Author of THE POISON TREE and THE SICK ROSE, she has worked as a freelance journalist for over ten years and has written for the Daily Mail, Psychologies, the Guardian and Cosmopolitan, among others. She lives in North London with her family. THE BURNING AIR is her third novel. www.erinkelly.co.uk www.twitter.com/mserinkelly www.facebook.com/Erin-Kelly-Author

Editor's Foreword
Preface
Fundamental Ideas
Four Roles of Political Philosophy
Society as a Fair System of Cooperation
The Idea of a Well-Ordered Society
The Idea of the Basic Structure
Limits to Our Inquiry
The Idea of the Original Position
The Idea of Free and Equal Persons
Relations between the Fundamental Ideas
The Idea of Public Justification
The Idea of Reflective Equilibrium
The Idea of an Overlapping Consensus
Principles of Justice
Three Basic Points
Two Principles of Justice
The Problem of Distributive Justice
The Basic Structure as Subject: First Kind of Reason
The Basic Structure as Subject: Second Kind of Reason
Who Are the Least Advantaged?
The Difference Principle: Its Meaning
Objections via Counterexamples
Legitimate Expectations, Entitlement, and Desert
On Viewing Native Endowments as a Common Asset
Summary Comments on Distributive Justice and Desert
The Argument from the Original Position
The Original Position: The Set-Up
The Circumstances of Justice
Formal Constraints and the Veil of Ignorance
The Idea of Public Reason
First Fundamental Comparison
The Structure of the Argument and the Maximin Rule
The Argument Stressing the Third Condition
The Priority of the Basic Liberties
An Objection about Aversion to Uncertainty
The Equal Basic Liberties Revisited
The Argument Stressing the Second Condition
Second Fundamental Comparison: Introduction
Grounds Falling under Publicity
Grounds Falling under Reciprocity
Grounds Falling under Stability
Grounds against the Principle of Restricted Utility
Comments on Equality
Concluding Remarks
Institutions of a Just Basic Structure
Property-Owning Democracy: Introductory Remarks
Some Basic Contrasts between Regimes
Ideas of the Good in Justice as Fairness
Constitutional versus Procedural Democracy
The Fair Value of the Equal Political Liberties
Denial of the Fair Value for Other Basic Liberties
Political and Comprehensive Liberalism: A Contrast
A Note on Head Taxes and the Priority of Liberty
Economic Institutions of a Property-Owning Democracy
The Family as a Basic Institution
The Flexibility of an Index of Primary Goods
Addressing Marx's Critique of Liberalism
Brief Comments on Leisure Time
The Question of Stability
The Domain of the Political
The Question of Stability
Is Justice as Fairness Political in the Wrong Way?
How Is Political Liberalism Possible?
An Overlapping Consensus Not Utopian
A Reasonable Moral Psychology
The Good of Political Society
Index

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