Is public reason innocuous?

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Rawls?s controversial idea of public reason is often criticized for being exclusionary and unfair. Yet it is possible to read the idea of public reason as being largely innocuous, especially if one attends to all the qualifications and specifications of the idea that Rawls articulated. This essay pursues such a reading, by systematically considering each element of qualification that Rawls built into the idea of public reason. Considered together and in terms of their cumulative effect, they make the innocuous reading possible. My aim is not, however, to try to defend Rawls?s idea of public reason by claiming that it is innocuous, but to help clarify the ambiguous nature of the idea through this reading
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The Law of Peoples.John Rawls - 1999 - Harvard University Press.
Justice as Fairness: A Restatement.John Rawls - 2001 - Harvard University Press.
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Collected Papers.John Rawls - 1999 - Harvard University Press.
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