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Justificatory Liberalism: An Essay on Epistemology and Political Theory
     

Justificatory Liberalism: An Essay on Epistemology and Political Theory

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by Gerald F. Gaus
 
Gerald Gaus draws on current work in epistemology and cognitive psychology to defend a modest version of cognitive relativism. Building on this theory of personal justification, he asks, "How do we justify moral and political principles to others?" Here, the "populist" proposal put forward by "political liberals"--that the assent of all reasonable citizens must be

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Gerald Gaus draws on current work in epistemology and cognitive psychology to defend a modest version of cognitive relativism. Building on this theory of personal justification, he asks, "How do we justify moral and political principles to others?" Here, the "populist" proposal put forward by "political liberals"--that the assent of all reasonable citizens must be obtained--is considered and rejected. Because reasonable people often ignore excellent reasons, moral and political principles can be considered conclusively justified, even in the face of some reasonable dissent. Conclusive justification, however, is difficult to achieve, and Gaus acknowledges that most of our public justifications are inconclusive. He then addresses the question of how citizens can adjudicate their inconclusive public justifications. The rule of law, liberal democracy and limited judicial review are defended as elements of a publicly justified umpiring procedure.

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"[The author's writing] is carried out with care and sophistication and shows command of a wide range of philosophical sources. [The book] is an important contribution [and] cannot be ignored by anyone seriously interested in this topic."—The Journal of Politics

"This impressive book is a detailed exploration...readers interested in contemporary liberalism will find their understanding of it significantly enhanced by this book"—Ethics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195357455
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/14/1996
Series:
Oxford Political Theory
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
708 KB

Meet the Author

Gerald F. Gaus is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and President of the International Economics and Philosophy Society. He is the author of Value and Justification: The Foundations of Liberal Theory (1990) and The Modern Liberal Theory of Man (1983).

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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