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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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FROM PERFECTIONISM TO LIBERALISM

FROM PERFECTIONISM TO LIBERALISM

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XXIV. FROM PERFECTIONISM TO LIBERALISM
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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:10.1093/0199266409.003.0024

This chapter examines Green's perfectionist liberalism. It argues that Green's perfectionist liberalism is part of a classical liberal tradition which grounds liberal essentials in a conception of the good that prizes the exercise of a person's rational capacities. In Green's version, the good consists of self-realization and the exercise of the very deliberative capacities that make one a moral agent. Like Mill, Green concludes that the state cannot foster this kind of good by regular use of paternalistic or moralistic intervention.

Keywords:   T. H. Green, perfectionist liberalism, classical liberalism, Mill, moralistic intervention

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