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Melissa Yates
Smith College
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    Rawls and Habermas on Religion in the Public Sphere.Melissa Yates - 2007 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (7):880-891.
    In recent essays, Jürgen Habermas endorses an account of political liberalism much like John Rawls'. Like Rawls, he argues that laws and public policies should be justified only in neutral terms, i.e. in terms of reasons that people holding conflicting world-views could accept. Habermas also, much like Rawls, distinguishes reasonable religious citizens, whose views should be included in public discourse, from unreasonable citizens in his expectation that religious citizens self-modernize. But in sharing these Rawlsian features, Habermas is vulnerable to some (...)
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  2. Postmetaphysical Thinking.Melissa Yates - 2011 - In Barbara Fultner (ed.), Juergen Habermas: Key Concepts. New York, USA: Routledge. pp. 35-53.
    The development of empirical research methods in both the social and the natural sciences has had a deep impact on the self-conception of philosophy. Jürgen Habermas aims to strike a balance between two ways of understanding the relationship between philosophy and the sciences: between a conception of philosophy as an Archimedean point from which to view the human condition and a conception of philosophy as a mere artefact of Western culturally embedded assumptions. Against the first, Habermas aims to integrate the (...)
     
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    Public Reasoning Under Social Conditions of Strangerhood.Melissa Yates - 2017 - Social Philosophy Today 33:73-90.
    Political philosophers have long focused on how to explain democratically legitimate governance under social conditions of pluralism. The challenge, when framed this way, is how to justify a common set of political principles without imposing controversial moral, religious, or metaphysical doctrines on one another. In this paper I propose an alternate starting point, replacing the concept of “social conditions of pluralism” with the background assumption that democratic societies must respond to “social conditions of strangerhood.” In the first section, I make (...)
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  4. Book Review: Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship by Noëlle McAfee. [REVIEW]Melissa Yates - 2005 - Constellations 12 (3).
     
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  5. Political Liberalism and Respect for Persons as Reasoners.Melissa Yates - 2012 - Review Journal of Political Philosophy 9 (1):107-130.
    My aims in this paper are twofold: (1) to develop an account of a kind of respect for persons as reasoners which is motivated by John Rawls’ defense of reasonable pluralism on epistemic grounds, and (2) to demonstrate that this kind of respect vindicates a stronger civic duty to incorporate nonpublic comprehensive doctrines in public deliberation than Rawls provides in his account of public reason. I begin with a discussion of Rawls’ account of the epistemic sources of reasonable disagreement – (...)
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