Liberalism Beyond Justice: Citizens, Society, and the Boundaries of Political Theory / Edition 1

Liberalism Beyond Justice: Citizens, Society, and the Boundaries of Political Theory / Edition 1

by John Tomasi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691049696

ISBN-13: 9780691049694

Pub. Date: 01/22/2001

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Liberal regimes shape the ethical outlooks of their citizens, relentlessly influencing their most personal commitments over time. On such issues as abortion, homosexuality, and women's rights, many religious Americans feel pulled between their personal beliefs and their need, as good citizens, to support individual rights. These circumstances, argues John Tomasi,

Overview

Liberal regimes shape the ethical outlooks of their citizens, relentlessly influencing their most personal commitments over time. On such issues as abortion, homosexuality, and women's rights, many religious Americans feel pulled between their personal beliefs and their need, as good citizens, to support individual rights. These circumstances, argues John Tomasi, raise new and pressing questions: Is liberalism as successful as it hopes in avoiding the imposition of a single ethical doctrine on all of society? If liberals cannot prevent the spillover of public values into nonpublic domains, how accommodating of diversity can a liberal regime actually be? To what degree can a liberal society be a home even to the people whose viewpoints it was formally designed to include?

To meet these questions, Tomasi argues, the boundaries of political liberal theorizing must be redrawn. Political liberalism involves more than an account of justified state coercion and the norms of democratic deliberation. Political liberalism also implies a distinctive account of nonpublic social life, one in which successful human lives must be built across the interface of personal and public values. Tomasi proposes a theory of liberal nonpublic life. To live up to their own deepest commitments to toleration and mutual respect, liberals, he insists, must now rethink their conceptions of social justice, civic education, and citizenship itself. The result is a fresh look at liberal theory and what it means for a liberal society to function well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691049694
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/22/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xiii
CHAPTER ONE Political Liberalism 3
Motivational Foundations 3
Neutrality of Effect 10
The Ethical Culture of Political Liberalism 12
CHAPTER TWO The Boundaries of Political Theory 17
Alphabet People 17
Two Kinds of Cultural Defeaters 20
Free Erosion 26
Liberal Theory and the Doctrine of Double Effect 33
CHAPTER THREE Liberal Nonpublic Reason 40
The Limits of Justice 40
The Personal Uses of Public Reason 42
The Machinery of Nonpublic Virtue 45
Answering the Uneasy Citizens 55
CHAPTER FOUR Citizenship: Justice or Well-Being? 57
The Derivative Ideal 57
From Civic Humanism to Political Liberalism 61
A Different Approach 67
CHAPTER FIVE The Formative Project 73
The Substantive Ideal 73
Moral Development and Liberal Individuation 79
Rethinking Civic Education 85
Back to Tennessee 91
The Tax-Flattening Principle 100
Mind the Gap 105
CHAPTER SIX
High Liberalism 108
The Intuitive Argument 108
Feudalism or Medievalism? 110
The Idea of Society 114
The Original Position and Cost-Free Guarantees 116
Liberalism beyond Justice 124
CONCLUSION 126
Notes 129
Bibliography 151
Index 161

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