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Reviewing public reason: a critique of rawls' political liberalism and the idea of public reason

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by R Patterson
This article provides a critical review of Rawls' effort in Political Liberalism to construct apolitical theory of justice compatible with the fact of reasonable pluralism. Particular attention is given to the 'idea of public reason' and political liberalism's liberal neutrality. It is argued that because of its liberal neutrality, political liberalism would preclude people from endorsing at least some reasonable comprehensive views and, therefore, as a theory it lacks the necessary stability required to be as successful as Rawls claims.

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Journal

Deakin law review

Volume

9

Issue

2

Pagination

715 - 729

Publisher

Deakin University

Location

Burwood, Vic.

ISSN

1321-3660

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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