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James Boettcher
Saint Joseph's University of Pennsylvania
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    Against the Asymmetric Convergence Model of Public Justification.James W. Boettcher - 2015 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 18 (1):191-208.
    Compared to standard liberal approaches to public reason and justification, the asymmetric convergence model of public justification allows for the public justification of laws and policies based on a convergence of quite different and even publicly inaccessible reasons. The model is asymmetrical in the sense of identifying a broader range of reasons that may function as decisive defeaters of proposed laws and policies. This paper raises several critical questions about the asymmetric convergence model and its central but ambiguous presumption against (...)
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  2. Respect, Recognition, and Public Reason.James W. Boettcher - 2007 - Social Theory and Practice 33 (2):223-249.
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    The Moral Status of Public Reason.James W. Boettcher - 2012 - Journal of Political Philosophy 20 (2):156-177.
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    Habermas, Religion and the Ethics of Citizenship.James W. Boettcher - 2009 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 35 (1-2):215-238.
    A recent essay by Jürgen Habermas revisits political liberalism and takes up the question of the extent to which democratic citizens and officials should rely on their religious convictions in publicly deliberating about and deciding political issues. With his institutional translation proviso, a proposed alternative to Rawls' idea of public reason, Habermas hopes to dodge familiar (and often overstated) criticisms that liberal requirements of citizenship are unfair or disproportionately burdensome to religious believers. I argue that, due in part to its (...)
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  5. What is Reasonableness?James W. Boettcher - 2004 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 30 (5-6):597-621.
    The concept of reasonableness is essential to John Rawls’s political liberalism, and especially to its main ideas of public reason and liberal legitimacy. Yet the somewhat ambiguous account of reasonableness in Political Liberalism has led to concerns that the Rawlsian distinction between the reasonable and the unreasonable is arbitrary and ultimately indefensible. This paper attempts to advance a more convincing interpretation of reasonableness. I argue that the reasonable applies first to citizens, who then play an important role in determining which (...)
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    Strong Inclusionist Accounts of the Role of Religion in Political Decision-Making.James W. Boettcher - 2005 - Journal of Social Philosophy 36 (4):497–516.
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    Introduction: Religion and the Public Sphere.James W. Boettcher & Jonathan Harmon - 2009 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 35 (1-2):5-22.
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    Coerecion and the Subject Matter of Public Justification.James W. Boettcher - 2016 - Public Reason 8 (1-2).
    Some public reason liberals identify coercive law as the subject matter of public justification, while others claim that the justification of coercion plays no role in motivating public justification requirements. Both of these views are mistaken. I argue that the subject matter of public justification is not coercion or coercive law but political decision-making about the basic institutional structure. At the same time, part of what makes a public justification principle necessary in the first place is the inherent coerciveness of (...)
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    Diversity, Toleration and Recent Social Contract Theory.James W. Boettcher - 2019 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 45 (5):539-554.
    Ryan Muldoon has recently advanced an interesting and original bargaining model of the social contract as an alternative to Rawlsian social contract theory and political liberalism. This model is s...
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    Equitable Sharing: Distributing the Benefits and Detriments of Democratic Society. [REVIEW]James W. Boettcher - 2016 - Journal for Peace and Justice Studies 26 (1):100-103.
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    “Political, Not Metaphysical”.James W. Boettcher - 2003 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 77:205-219.
    Is it permissible for a citizen or political official to exercise coercive political power on the basis of a political justification associated with a religiously motivatedconception of justice? In this paper I accept John Rawls’s general approach to this question, but attempt to show how the Rawlsian approach is more inclusive ofreligious reasoning than many have supposed. My paper focuses specifically on the 1986 Catholic bishops’ pastoral letter on the U.S. economy. The bishops’ letter is certainly part of what Rawls (...)
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    “Political, Not Metaphysical”: Reading the Bishops’ Letter as a Form of Public Reason.James W. Boettcher - 2003 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 77:205-219.
    Is it permissible for a citizen or political official to exercise coercive political power on the basis of a political justification associated with a religiously motivatedconception of justice? In this paper I accept John Rawls’s general approach to this question, but attempt to show how the Rawlsian approach is more inclusive ofreligious reasoning than many have supposed. My paper focuses specifically on the 1986 Catholic bishops’ pastoral letter on the U.S. economy. The bishops’ letter is certainly part of what Rawls (...)
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    Paul Weithman, Why Political Liberalism? On John Rawl's Political Turn. [REVIEW]James W. Boettcher - 2013 - Public Reason 5 (1).
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    The Autonomy of Morality.James W. Boettcher - 2010 - Social Theory and Practice 36 (1):164-171.
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