Civic respect, civic education, and the family

Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 (1):94-111 (2010)
Abstract
We formulate a distinctly 'political liberal' conception of mutual respect, which we call 'civic respect', appropriate for governing the public political relations of citizens in pluralist democratic societies. A political liberal account of education should aim at ensuring that students, as future citizens, learn to interact with other citizens on the basis of civic respect. While children should be required to attend educational institutions that will inculcate in them the skills and concepts necessary for them to be free and equal citizens, parents should be granted as much freedom as is compatible with the requirements of civic respect to raise their children in accordance with their respective 'comprehensive doctrines' (systems of beliefs and values, including religious doctrines). We consider an objection to our position drawn from the account of upbringing recently advanced by Matthew Clayton, namely, that the conception of civic respect that we advance rests on an implausible view about the limited scope of the requirements of political justice. We develop an account of the 'basic structure of society' as the appropriate subject of political justice that can overcome this objection.
Keywords civic respect  public reason  coercion  basic structure  civic education  political liberalism  Rawls  family  Clayton
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Norman Daniels (2003). Democratic Equality: Rawls's Complex Egalitarianism. In Samuel Richard Freeman (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Rawls. Cambridge University Press. 241--76.

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