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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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The Argument from Love and Justice

The Argument from Love and Justice

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(p.148) VI The Argument from Love and Justice
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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/9780195393033.003.0007

Rawls's congruence arguments attempt to show that in the well-ordered society, the reasons citizens have for maintaining a sense of justice are decisive. This chapter develops an interpretation of ‘decisiveness’. It then reconstructs the first of Rawls's two main arguments for congruence, referred to here as “the Argument from Love and Justice”. That argument, when properly reconstructed, sheds light on Rawls's enigmatic claim that justice is continuous with the love of mankind. It also shows that descriptions of Rawls's theory as individualistic badly misunderstand his view.

Keywords:   Amartya Sen, John Rawls, love of mankind, congruence, balance of reasons, balance conditionals, egoism, individualism

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