A Theory of Justice, Paperback Book
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Though the Revised Edition of A Theory of Justice, published in 1999, is the definitive statement of Rawls's view, so much of the extensive literature on Rawls's theory refers to the first edition.

This reissue makes the first edition once again available for scholars and serious students of Rawls's work.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 624 pages, 12 line illustrations
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
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  • Category: Philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780674017726

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A long involved theory of justice - create a society where you would be treated fairly, if you do not know what position you would occupy in such a society.

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I read this one quite a while ago in college, back when I was in the process of choosing which Western political philosophy is most aligned with my views. My prof recommended this one as a companion/alternative to classical liberalism Locke and Hayek. I have to admit the central concept of the "original position" is an interesting one, and while Rawls uses it to justify the basic welfare state (although without excessive inter-generational redistribution or punitive taxation), it can be used to argue for the merits of free markets as well.