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Liberalism without Perfection

Jonathan Quong

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199594870
eISBN:
9780191723513
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594870.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Theory

A growing number of political philosophers favour a view called liberal perfectionism. According to this view, liberal political morality is characterized by a commitment to helping individuals lead ... More


The Scope and Structure of Public Reason

Jonathan Quong

in Liberalism without Perfection

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199594870
eISBN:
9780191723513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594870.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Theory

This chapter defends two main claims about the scope and structure of public reason. First, the author defends the claim that public justification requires public reasons, that is, reasons which ... More


The Role of an Overlapping Consensus

Jonathan Quong

in Liberalism without Perfection

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199594870
eISBN:
9780191723513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594870.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Theory

Critics of political liberalism argue that the appeal to what reasonable people could accept must either confuse mere agreement with justification, or else the appeal to what reasonable people could ... More


Unreasonable Citizens

Jonathan Quong

in Liberalism without Perfection

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199594870
eISBN:
9780191723513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594870.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Theory

This chapter discusses how political liberals ought to respond to those people the theory labels as ‘unreasonable’. These are people who reject one or more of the fundamental normative assumptions of ... More


A Question Internal to Liberal Theory

Jonathan Quong

in Liberalism without Perfection

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199594870
eISBN:
9780191723513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594870.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Theory

This chapter draws a distinction between external and internal conceptions of political liberalism. While these two conceptions are often conflated by both political liberalism's critics and ... More


Truth and Scepticism

Jonathan Quong

in Liberalism without Perfection

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199594870
eISBN:
9780191723513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594870.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Theory

Liberals usually insist that justice must have priority over other values in our practical deliberations, but this insistence seems to pose particular problems for political liberalism given two of ... More


Imposing Values

N. Scott Arnold

in Imposing Values: Liberalism and Regulation

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195374964
eISBN:
9780199871490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374964.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter explains what is to be done when reasonable disagreement persists among liberals about the proper scope of government, and when one or the other side has the political power to impose ... More


A State‐less Government

Erik O. Eriksen

in The Unfinished Democratization of Europe

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199572519
eISBN:
9780191722400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572519.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, European Union, Democratization

What form of democracy is needed in the post‐national configuration? The EU is not a state and its power is limited. However, although the member states hold the means of legitimate violence in ... More


Abandoning Judgment: Montaignian Skeptics and Cartesian Fanatics

Douglas John Casson

in Liberating Judgment: Fanatics, Skeptics, and John Locke's Politics of Probability

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144740
eISBN:
9781400836888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144740.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter describes how the crisis of authority led some to abandon the possibility of public justification altogether and others to seek out a type of knowledge that would be invulnerable to ... More


Is Religion Fit for Reconciliation?

Daniel Philpott

in Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199827565
eISBN:
9780199949779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827565.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter considers the liberal criticism that religious justifications for reconciliation do not belong in politics. It first shows that religion is pervasive in the global politics of ... More


Rescuing Public Justification from Public Reason Liberalism

Fabian Wendt

in Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy Volume 5

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780198841425
eISBN:
9780191876943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198841425.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Public reason liberals from John Rawls to Gerald Gaus uphold a principle of public justification as a core commitment of their theories. Critics of public reason liberalism have sometimes conceded ... More


Liberalism in Practice: The Psychology and Pedagogy of Public Reason

Olivia Newman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028790
eISBN:
9780262327558
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028790.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

At the core of liberal theory is the idea--found in thinkers from Hobbes to Rawls--that the consent of the governed is key to establishing public justification and political legitimacy. But in a ... More


Religious Freedom and the Reasons for Rights

Corey Brettschneider

in When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?: How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691147628
eISBN:
9781400842377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691147628.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the freedom of religion. On some accounts of religious freedom, religious beliefs deserve a presumptive protection from state influence. The chapter argues against such ... More


A Participatory Conception of Deliberative Democracy: Against Shortcuts

Cristina Lafont

in Democracy without Shortcuts: A Participatory Conception of Deliberative Democracy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198848189
eISBN:
9780191882746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198848189.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter focuses on the democratic significance of political deliberation. It argues that democracy is not threatened by the inclusion of an epistemic dimension of truth within political debate ... More


Public Justification

Kevin Vallier

in Must Politics Be War?: Restoring Our Trust in the Open Society

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190632830
eISBN:
9780190632861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190632830.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter develops a conception of the public justification of the moral rules that are the object of social trust. The goal is to explain how complying with moral rules and abiding by our ... More


Public Reason and the Value of (Searching for) Shared Values

Olivia Newman

in Liberalism in Practice: The Psychology and Pedagogy of Public Reason

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028790
eISBN:
9780262327558
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028790.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

According to the premise of liberalism, political arrangements are only legitimate when citizens consent to them. This chapter elaborates on this theory of public justification and explains the ... More


Just Wide Enough: Reidy on Public Reason

James Boettcher

in John Rawls: Debating the Major Questions

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780190859213
eISBN:
9780190859220
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190859213.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter proposes to widen Rawls’s idea of public reason in order to respond to a dilemma originally developed by David Reidy in his article “Rawls’s Wide View of Public Reason: Not Wide Enough” ... More


The Moral Foundation of Public Justification and Public Reason

Christie Hartley

in Equal Citizenship and Public Reason: A Feminist Political Liberalism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190683023
eISBN:
9780190683061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190683023.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter discusses the moral foundation of public justification for political liberals. Two conceptions of liberal democracies are contrasted together with their distinctive accounts of public ... More


Religious Establishment and Public Justification

Kevin Vallier

in Religion in Liberal Political Philosophy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780198794394
eISBN:
9780191835896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198794394.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter develops a principle that determines when governmental activity constitutes an objectionable form of establishment, either religious or secular. Situated within the theory of public ... More


Trust and the Foundations of Public Justification

Kevin Vallier

in Must Politics Be War?: Restoring Our Trust in the Open Society

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190632830
eISBN:
9780190632861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190632830.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter explains the great value found in a society where social trust is both high and grounded in the trustworthy behavior of all. It explains how social trust can be freely and respectfully ... More


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