Philosophy and Civil Society

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1. Toward a Post-Metaphysical Liberalism
                                        -- Political Liberalism by John Rawls

A. Rawls's Strangely Apolitical Political Liberalism -- Rawls's Political Liberalism is best understood as a project of public enlightenment, a contribution to civic culture, but, given Rawls's unswerving commitment to the rhetorical norms of modernist philosophy, it presents itself instead as an exercise in Kantian constructivism. (3,190 words, 36KB)

B. Rawlsian Reasonableness and the Creation of Citizens -- Rawls's stated goal in Political Liberalism is to apply the principle of toleration to philosophy itself, to free liberalism from the metaphysical assumptions of modernist forms of liberal political theory, but he remains captured by those assumptions by virtue of his methodological and rhetorical commitments. (2,572 words, 32KB)

C. Rawls and the Rethinking of the Priority of the Right over the Good -- In Political Liberalism, Rawls takes the first tentative steps toward a reinterpretation of liberal democratic citizenship in teleological (as opposed to deontological) terms, a way of regarding citizenship as involving not only formal rights and duties, but a substantive conception of the good as well. (3,233 words, 37KB)

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