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John Rawls' theory of institutionalism : the historical movement toward liberal democracy

Author: Shaomeng Li; David A Reidy
Publisher: Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press, ©2009.
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This work develops institutionalism into a normative and philosophical theory with the ability to explain the historical development of institutions. It contributes to Rawlsian scholarship by arguing that Rawls' theory of justice is an institutionalist justification of liberal democracy from the internal perspective of a democratic citizen.
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Li, Shaomeng.
John Rawls' Theory of Institutionalism : e Historical Movement toward Liberal Democracy.
Lewiston : Edwin Mellen Press, ©2009
Named Person: John Rawls; John Rawls
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Shaomeng Li; David A Reidy
ISBN: 9780773421059 077342105X
OCLC Number: 787843434
Description: 1 online resource (235 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
Chapter 1. Rationalism and institutionalism defined; rationalism in the traditional sense; the application and limitations of rationalism in politics; institutionalism in the social sciences; practical actions and institutions --
Chapter 2. A positive theory of institutionalism; agency formation as a process of alienation; institution building as externalization and internalization; the role of religion in agency formation and politics; summary remarks --
Chapter 3. An institutionalist view of political development; liberty and responsibility; freedom and power; agency formation and institutional development; the ideal of political development toward liberal democracy --
Chapter 4. Reconciling Rawls with institutionalism; Rawls's institutionalist project; public justification in Rawlsian institutionalism; the perfectionist challenge to Rawls; the problem of normativity in institutionalism; the libertarian challenge and the problem of liberty; institutionalism vs. mere indoctrination of institutions; Rawls's conception of the person; rationality as a moral power, not inherent human nature; is Rawls's system institutionalism or constructivism?; Rawls's pursuit of a well-ordered society; democracy as power balance and as political autonomy; the Rawlsian justification for political development toward liberal democracy.
Other Titles: Theory of institutionalism
Historical movement toward liberal democracy
Responsibility: Shaomeng Li ; with a foreword by David Reidy.

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