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Why Political Liberalism?On John Rawls's Political Turn$
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Paul Weithman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393033

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393033.001.0001

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Comprehensive Reasons to Be Just

Comprehensive Reasons to Be Just

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(p.301) X Comprehensive Reasons to Be Just
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Why Political Liberalism?
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Paul Weithman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393033.003.0011

This chapter shows why the Rawls of Political Liberalism thinks that an overlapping consensus would obtain in, and stabilize, a well-ordered society. It explains how adherence to the ideals of political legitimacy and public reason contribute to stability. It draws out the implications of the pluralism about justice that Rawls came to think would characterize a just liberal society. It also shows that the interpretation of Political Liberalism offered in Chapters IX and X fits with Rawls's last and fullest treatment of political justification, the treatment found in his “Reply to Habermas”.

Keywords:   Jurgen Habermas, very fully comprehensive doctrines, pluralism about justice, public reason, political legitimacy, reasonable faith, Immanuel Kant

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