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Liberalism, Neutrality, and the Gendered Division of Labor$
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Gina Schouten

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198813071

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198813071.001.0001

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(p.228) Conclusion
Liberalism, Neutrality, and the Gendered Division of Labor

Gina Schouten

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses a worry about the version of political liberalism that the book defends as consistent with gender egalitarianism: the worry that this political liberalism appears to give up a lot of what political liberals have taken themselves to be after. The conclusion defends my gloss on political liberalism, arguing that it preserves what political liberals should be most committed to preserving: the possibility of justificatory community as a way of expressing mutual civic respect in a profoundly, but reasonably, ideologically divided society. I conclude, finally, by confessing my own most persistent reservation about the argument I defend: that although the argument for gender egalitarian interventions that I give is consistent with the criterion or reciprocity, it might be too complicated to actually be offered in public political deliberation.

Keywords:   political liberalism, legitimacy, liberal legitimacy, neutrality, coercion, justificatory community, mutual respect, public reason, public deliberation

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