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Contextual Arguments for Liberalism

Margaret Moore

in Foundations of Liberalism

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198273851
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599934 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198273851.003.0005
 Contextual Arguments for Liberalism

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Contextual Arguments for Liberalism This chapter examines Rawls's essays published since A Theory of Justice and Charles Larmore's argument in Patterns of Moral Complexity, both of which reject the derivation of liberal principles from a neutral starting point and claim that their liberal principles are justified because they are the most appropriate response to the circumstances that obtain in modern society, and particularly the circumstance of moral pluralism.

Keywords: Justice; Charles Larmore; Liberalism; moral disagreement; neutrality; pluralism; John Rawls

Chapter.  10825 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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