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The Morality of Freedom$
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Joseph Raz

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248071

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198248075.001.0001

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The Exclusion of Ideals

The Exclusion of Ideals

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(p.134) 6 The Exclusion of Ideals
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The Morality of Freedom
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Joseph Raz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198248075.003.0006

Political neutrality, conceived of as the exclusion of ideals, prevents governments from acting for reasons, which appeal to conceptions of the good, whether valid or invalid. Such a position relies on an elusive distinction between one part of morality, the good, and another, the right. Political welfarism, which allows governments to act specifically to increase want satisfaction, is mistaken in regarding want satisfaction as an intrinsic good. The Nozickean style aversion to coercion cannot be effectively grounded in autonomy, since no agents enjoy complete autonomy, and not only human intervention but also nature can restrict autonomy.

Keywords:   autonomy, coercion, ideals, neutrality, Nozick, welfarism

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