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Liberalism with excellence

Author: Matthew H Kramer
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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During the past several decades, political philosophers have frequently clashed with one another over the question whether governments are morally required to remain neutral among reasonable conceptions of excellence and human flourishing. On the one hand, the book rejects the requirement of neutrality by contending that certain subsidies for the promotion of excellence in sundry areas of human endeavour can be  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew H Kramer
ISBN: 0198777965 9780198777960
OCLC Number: 964292776
Description: xiv, 432 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Introduction --
Toward the redirection of a longstanding controversy --
Part II. Liberal neutralism --
One cheer for edificatory perfectionism: An arm's-length defense of edificatory perfectionism against some Rawlsian objections --
The illusion of neutrality: Abortion and the foundations of justice --
Too much from too little: A critique of Gerald Gaus's libertarian neutralism --
Part III. Edificatory perfectionism --
Edifactory perfectionism and the quality of freedom --
The Quidnunc mentality of edifactory perfectionism --
Part IV. Aspirational perfectionism --
Self-respect in Rawl's liberalism --
Perfectionism in the service of justice --
The implementation and import of aspirational perfectionism.
Responsibility: Matthew H. Kramer.

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This volume provides an original contribution to, and exploration of, the long-running debate over the importance of liberal neutrality.  Read more...

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