Autonomy, Generality, and Foundations of Principles of Restraint

Kent Greenawalt

in Private Consciences and Public Reasons

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195094190
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853021 | DOI:
Autonomy, Generality, and Foundations of Principles of Restraint

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This chapter poses a problem about the relation between comprehensive views and politics, on whether any political principle of self-restraint can stand independently of comprehensive views. The chapter also touches on the subject of political and religious truth and the method by which one is identified from the other. The chapter also raises the value of a theorist's developing an argument of political philosophy that is detached from a specific comprehensive view. In that way, the assessments one could make could be widely shared by people whose comprehensive views are strikingly different.

Keywords: comprehensive view; politics; restraint; criteria of judgment; religion

Chapter.  6180 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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