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What Kind of Liberalism?

Jonathan Quong

in Liberalism without Perfection

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199594870
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191723513 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594870.003.0002
What Kind of Liberalism?

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This chapter provides a detailed map of the dispute regarding what role, if any, conceptions of the good should play in liberal political theory. In particular, the chapter outlines the essential tenets of liberal perfectionism and political liberalism. The chapter also provides a brief overview and critique of a third view, comprehensive antiperfectionism, which tries to ground liberal political theory in a particular view of human flourishing while insisting that the liberal state must nevertheless remain neutral between competing conceptions of the good.

Keywords: antiperfectionism; comprehensive liberalism; good life; liberal perfectionism; political liberalism; public reason; Rawls; reasonable persons

Chapter.  16928 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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