Contemporary Theories of Liberalism: Public Reason as a by Gerald F. Gaus

By Gerald F. Gaus

Textual content offers scholars with an outline of key tenets of liberalism built via Hobbes, Locke, Kant and Rawls as much as modern day theories and debates. Introduces and explores seven dominant theories of public cause; together with pluralism, Neo-Hobbesianism, pragmatism, deliberative democracy, and political democracy. Softcover, hardcover on hand.

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3 I consider liberalism’s devotion of reason in more depth in my Political Concepts and Political Theories (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2000), Ch. 3. 4 John Milton, Areopagitica: A Speech for the Liberty on Unlicensed Printing, to the Parliament of England in Areopagitica and Other Tracts (London: Dent, 1925), p. 50. , p. 61. , p. 60. , On Liberty and Other Essays (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991), p. 26 (Ch. 2, para. 7). 8 Ludwig von Mises, Liberalism in the Classical Tradition (San Francisco: Cobden Press, 1985), p.

7 and 8 (University of Toronto Press, Toronto (1974 [1843]), pp. 766–767. 26 See Donald Davidson, ‘Radical Interpretation’, Dialictica, vol. 27 (1973): 314–328. 27 MacIntyre, Whose Justice? , p. 7. , p. 4. 29 See Graham Priest, ‘Contradiction, Belief and Rationality’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, vol. 86 (1985–86): 99–116. 30 See Richard Nisbett and Lee Ross, Human Inference (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1980). See also Daniel Kahneman, Paul Slovic and Amos Tversky, eds, Judgments Under Uncertainty (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982), p.

I call this ‘Post-Enlightenment liberalism’. This liberalism is not ‘post-Enlightenment’ in the sense that it LIBERALISM AND REASON 19 rejects the Enlightenment’s conviction that freedom is a public political principle endorsed by reason, or that a political order based on freedom can yield peaceful cooperation. Its post-Enlightenment feature is that its main task is to explain how there can be such principles in a world where the exercise of reason so often leads to divergence and disagreement.

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