Cambridge: The Belknapp Press, 1972. Second Printing. Paperback. Used - Good. Foxed edges. Spine is uncreased but scuffed. Wrap is scuffed and scratched. Corners are creased. Back cover is yellowed with a closed tear near hinge, repaired with book tape. Prior owner's name and stickers on FFEP. Upper left corner of FFEP is damaged and marked. Pencil and highlighter underlining. Index. 15x 22.8 x 3.2 cm. 607 pp. Item #10642
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.