REVIEWING PUBLIC REASON: A CRITIQUE OF RAWLS’ POLITICAL LIBERALISM AND THE IDEA OF PUBLIC REASON

RACHAEL PATTERSON

Abstract


[This article provides a critical review of Rawls’ effort in Political Liberalism to construct a political theory of justice compatible with the fact of reasonable plural- ism. Particular attention is given to the ‘idea of public reason’ and political liberal- ism’s liberal neutrality. It is argued that because of its liberal neutrality, political liberalism would preclude people from endorsing at least some reasonable compre- hensive views and, therefore, as a theory it lacks the necessary stability required to be as successful as Rawls claims.] 


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21153/dlr2004vol9no2art260

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