Right and goods: Procedural liberalism and educational policy

Educational Theory 57 (4):469-488 (2007)

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James Scott Johnston
Memorial University of Newfoundland
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In this essay, James Scott Johnston asks what sort of liberalism is best for the educational systems of early twenty‐first century, late capitalistic democratic nations, looking at the procedural liberalism extant. Two major models are John Rawls’s Justice as Fairness and Jürgen Habermas’s Communicative Action. Both owe their foundational movements to Immanuel Kant in various respects, and Johnston therefore examines Kant in those areas both thinkers draw upon. Johnston then turns to Rawls and to Habermas, discussing what is central to their frameworks. Johnston finally claims that neither liberalism will work without due attention to issues critics have raised regarding the distinction between Right and Good and suggests an alternative Kantian model in the conclusion
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DOI 10.1111/j.1741-5446.2007.00269.x
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