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FROM PERFECTIONISM TO LIBERALISM

David O. Brink

in Perfectionism and the Common Good

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780199266401
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600906 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199266409.003.0024

Series: Lines of Thought

FROM PERFECTIONISM TO LIBERALISM

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This chapter examines Green's perfectionist liberalism. It argues that Green's perfectionist liberalism is part of a classical liberal tradition which grounds liberal essentials in a conception of the good that prizes the exercise of a person's rational capacities. In Green's version, the good consists of self-realization and the exercise of the very deliberative capacities that make one a moral agent. Like Mill, Green concludes that the state cannot foster this kind of good by regular use of paternalistic or moralistic intervention.

Keywords: T. H. Green; perfectionist liberalism; classical liberalism; Mill; moralistic intervention

Chapter.  4164 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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