Liberal republicanism and the role of civil society
The political liberalism of Rawls and Larmore is presented as uniquely able to solve the problems of modern political theory. In the face of a plurality of reasonable comprehensive conceptions of the good, a legitimate liberal state can legislate solely on the basis of a modular conception of justice affirmed from within each reasonable conception. However, it is argued that this view, while restrictive, has to permit the promotion of its own pre-conditions. This demanding duty of civic restraint requires citizens who have been educated for citizen virtue in the context of associational life in civil society. This challenge to expand liberalism to cover its own preconditions at the level of a moral background culture, has usually been levelled by one kind of republican/communitarian (Charles Taylor) or so-called "ethical liberals". It can be met by the adoption of a liberal republicanism that operates within the constraints of Rawls' political liberalism but nevertheless explains and justifies why such a view must treat traditional republican themes such as active citizenship and the importance of associational life. The solution lies in treating these values as option values, in a sense that is explained.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Liberalism and the Limits of Justice.Michael Sandel - 2003 - In Derek Matravers & Jonathan E. Pike (eds.), Journal of Philosophy. Routledge, in Association with the Open University. pp. 336-343.
J. G. A. Pocock's Republicanism and Political Theory: A Critique and Reinterpretation.Ian Shapiro - 1990 - Critical Review 4 (3):433-471.
Against Reviving Republicanism.Geoffrey Brennan & Loren Lomasky - 2006 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 5 (2):221-252.
Criminal Justice and the Liberal Polity.Jonathan Jacobs - 2011 - Criminal Justice Ethics 30 (2):173-191.
Republican Freedom and the Rule of Law.Christian List - 2006 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 5 (2):201-220.
Liberalism and Fear of Violence.Bruce Buchan - 2001 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 4 (3):27-48.
The Liberal Polity: An Inquiry Into the Logic of Civil Association.Craig L. Carr - 2006 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads48 ( #108,598 of 2,169,421 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #345,461 of 2,169,421 )
How can I increase my downloads?