John Rawls and the Political Coercion of Unreasonable People

Marilyn Friedman

in Autonomy, Gender, Politics

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195138504
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785902 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

 John Rawls and the Political Coercion of Unreasonable People

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This chapter focuses on John Rawls's recent approach to liberal political legitimacy. His views on reasonableness and rationality are considered. It is argued that Rawls's legitimation pool for political liberalism is defined precisely in such a way as to exclude those whose prior (illiberal) commitments would lead them to reject political liberalism. The challenge for Rawls is to find good but politically independent reasons for eliminating so-called unreasonable people from the legitimation pool.

Keywords: reasonableness; rationality; political liberalism; legitimation pool; political autonomy

Chapter.  7808 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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