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The Nature of Political Theory$
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Andrew Vincent

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271252

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199271259.001.0001

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Shoring Up Foundations

Shoring Up Foundations

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The Nature of Political Theory

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Examines the initial critique of justice‐based political theory. This critical movement was not so much a resistance to the idea of justice as to its Universalist pretensions. An attempt was thus made to root political theory in a form of conventionalism. This chapter examines the sophisticated origins of the conventionalist form of argument in the writings of Michael Oakeshott, the better‐known writings of communitarianism and the reaction of the later Rawls to communitarianism in terms of his ideas on political liberalism.

Keywords:   communitarianism, conventionalism, justice, Oakeshott, political liberalism, Rawls

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