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Public Reason and Political Conflict: Abortion and Homosexuality

ROBERT P. GEORGE

in In Defense of Natural Law

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780198267713
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683343 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267713.003.0012
Public Reason and Political Conflict: Abortion and Homosexuality

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This chapter argues that Rawl’s ‘political’ liberalism is simply arbitrary in its exclusion of those non-liberal view that appeal, as do natural law views, to publicly accessible reasons. Rawl’s narrow conception of ‘public reason’ consistently and unjustifiably ‘loads the dice’ in favor of ‘comprehensive’ liberal conclusions in important public policy debates such as those over abortion and homosexuality.

Keywords: Rawl; political liberalism; natural law; public reason; abortion; homosexuality

Chapter.  14878 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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