George Grant and the Basis of Liberal Values

Robert Song

in Christianity and Liberal Society

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780198269335
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683619 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

George Grant and the Basis of Liberal Values

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This chapter examines Anglican theologian George Grant's criticism on liberalism and his thoughts on the basis of liberal values. It analyses Grant's attack on John Rawl's liberalism in his book English-Speaking Justice. It argues that Grant misinterpreted Rawls' account of political liberalism and justice, and Rawls' more recent works escapes many of Grant's strictures. This chapter attempts to develop Grant's arguments to show that Rawls' account of the basis of value and his distinction of political and comprehensive doctrines may in practice still result in the subversion of liberal values.

Keywords: George Grant; liberalism; liberal values; John Rawls; English-Speaking Justice; political liberalism; justice

Chapter.  17170 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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