Liberal Dilemmas and Moral Judgment

Malachi Hacohen

in Naming Evil Judging Evil

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226306735
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226306742 | DOI:
Liberal Dilemmas and Moral Judgment

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This chapter argues that there is little historical evidence to support the concern that liberals will abdicate or evade the responsibility to pass judgment. The first part explores the implications of the discursive turn for recognizing evil and mobilizing against it. The second part turns to the history of French liberalism and focuses on a series of episodes in which liberal intellectuals confronted the problem of mobilization against evil. It presents the dilemmas they faced and establishes a liberal historical pattern. The recognition of evil was never a major problem, but persuading a public to mobilize against it was. There is no reason to assume that the problems liberals face today are any different.

Keywords: liberals; moral judgment; French liberalism; mobilization; evil

Chapter.  6659 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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