Starting Points: Kantian Constructivism Reassessed

Ratio Juris 27 (3):311-329 (2014)
G. A. Cohen and J. Raz object that Constructivism is incoherent because it crucially deploys unconstructed elements in the structure of justification. This paper offers a response on behalf of constructivism, by reassessing the role of such unconstructed elements. First, it argues that a shared conception of rational agency works as a starting point for the justification, but it does not play a foundational role. Second, it accounts for the unconstructed norms that constrains the activity of construction as constitutive norms. Finally, on this basis, it draws a contrast between constructivist and foundational methods of ethics, such as deontology and teleology
Keywords constructivism   political liberalism  John Rawls,  Onora O’Neill
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DOI 10.1111/raju.12047
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