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Perfectionism and the Common GoodThemes in the Philosophy of T. H. Green$
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David O. Brink

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199266409.001.0001

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LIBERALISM AND EXTREME HARMONY

LIBERALISM AND EXTREME HARMONY

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XXI. LIBERALISM AND EXTREME HARMONY
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Perfectionism and the Common Good
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David O. Brink (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199266409.003.0021

This chapter focuses on Green's liberal political commitments. It is argued that Green's brand of liberalism mixes egalitarian social and economic reforms with a commitment to democratic institutions and a system of personal and civic liberties and opportunities. Egalitarian reforms establishing a decent minimum standard of living and a system of state-sponsored education provide each citizen with resources with which to pursue his own self-realization; democratic procedures allow for individual participation in collective decision-making; and individual liberties create space for individual self-determination. This kind of liberal regime would effect a division of moral and political labour that might accommodate the potentially conflicting demands of partiality and impartiality.

Keywords:   T. H. Green, liberal political commitments, egalitarian reforms, democratic procedures, partiality

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