On the Idea of Public Reason

In Jon Mandle & David A. Reidy (eds.), A Companion to Rawls. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 265–280 (2013)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

The idea of public reason is at the center of John Rawls's political philosophy. Public reason is a standard by which we measure laws and political institutions. This chapter discusses the practice of public reason, the moral basis of public reason, and the challenge posed by religious critics of public reason. It provides three possible answers to the question: What is the moral basis for endorsing this particular conception of democratic politics – public reason? It is Rawlsian concept of justice – the ideal of a fair system of social cooperation between free and equal citizens – which provides the moral basis for public reason. Given this basis, citizens then engage in the practice of public reason with one another.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 94,517

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Rawls' Idea of Public Reason and Democratic Legitimacy.Fabienne Peter - 2007 - Politics and Ethics Review 3 (1):129-143.
The Idea of Public Reason and the Reason of State.Vatter Miguel - 2008 - Political Theory 36 (2):239-271.
The Idea of Public Reason and the Reason of State.Miguel Vatter - 2008 - Political Theory 36 (2):239-271.
The Law of Peoples, with “The Idea of Public Reason Revisited”. [REVIEW]Charles Larmore - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (1):241-243.
Political Liberalism and the Idea of Public Reason.K. Roberts Skerrett - 2005 - Social Theory and Practice 31 (2):173-190.
Rawls's Idea of Public Reason†.Peter de Marneffe - 2017 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 75 (3-4):232-250.
Stout, Rawls, and the Idea of Public Reason.Phil Ryan - 2014 - Journal of Religious Ethics 42 (3):540-562.
The Very (Bad) Idea of Public Reason.Alven Neiman - 2002 - Philosophy of Education 58:135-137.

Analytics

Added to PP
2023-06-15

Downloads
34 (#466,950)

6 months
21 (#165,680)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Jonathan Quong
University of Southern California

Citations of this work

A Framework for Analyzing Public Reason Theories.Paul Billingham & Anthony Taylor - 2022 - European Journal of Political Theory 21 (4).
Public Reason.Jonathan Quong - 2013 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Accessibility, pluralism, and honesty: a defense of the accessibility requirement in public justification.Baldwin Wong - 2022 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 25 (2):235-259.
Coercion and public justification.Colin Bird - 2014 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 13 (3):189-214.
Do the reactive attitudes justify public reason?Collis Tahzib - 2022 - European Journal of Political Theory 21 (3):423-444.

View all 29 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references