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Equal Citizenship and Public ReasonA Feminist Political Liberalism$
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Christie Hartley and Lori Watson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190683023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190683023.001.0001

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Is a Feminist Political Liberalism Possible?

Is a Feminist Political Liberalism Possible?

(p.135) 6 Is a Feminist Political Liberalism Possible?
Equal Citizenship and Public Reason

Christie Hartley

Oxford University Press

This chapter makes the case that political liberalism is a feminist liberalism. It is argued that political liberalism’s ideas of reciprocity and equal citizenship limit reasonable political conceptions of justice to only those that include principles that yield substantive equality for all, including women (and other marginalized groups). To this end, it is claimed that the criterion of reciprocity calls for (1) the eradication of social conditions of domination and subordination relevant to democratic deliberation among free and equal citizens and (2) the provision of the social conditions of recognition respect. As a result, the criterion of reciprocity limits reasonable political conceptions of justice to those that provide genuine equality for women along various dimensions of social life central to equal citizenship.

Keywords:   feminism, political liberalism, public reason, reciprocity, equality, sex discrimination, civil rights, comprehensive liberalism, respect, liberal feminism

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