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Reasonable disagreement : a theory of political morality

Author: Christopher McMahon
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"This book examines the ways in which reasonable people can disagree about the requirements of political morality. Christopher McMahon argues that there will be a "zone of reasonable disagreement" surrounding most questions of political morality. Moral notions of right and wrong evolve over time as new zones of reasonable disagreement emerge out of old ones; thus political morality is both different in different  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
McMahon, Christopher, 1945-
Reasonable disagreement.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009
(DLC) 2009008945
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher McMahon
ISBN: 9780511596346 0511596340 9780511595325 0511595328 9780511595943 0511595948 052176288X 9780521762885
OCLC Number: 646828217
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 204 pages)
Contents: The structure of reasonable disagreement. The problem ; Disagreement about matters of empirical fact ; Disagreement among epistemic peers ; Reasonable disagreement and political morality ; Moral realism and reasonable political disagreement --
Moral nominalism. Williams's subjectivism ; Descriptive judgment ; Evaluative judgment ; Moral judgment ; Meta-ethical details --
Agreement and disagreement. The pressure to agree ; Deliberation and disagreement ; Conceptual identity ; Broad fairness ; The zone of reasonable disagreement --
The resolution of reasonable disagreement. Authority and democracy ; Changing minds ; Dominance ; Mill on moral truth ; The evolution of moral normativity --
Localism. Relativism and localism ; Borders and migration ; Judging without contact ; The west and the rest ; The future of political morality --
Morality and history. Historical knowledge ; Judging the past ; Hierarchy ; Rectifying past wrongs ; Apology ; Conclusion.
Responsibility: Christopher McMahon.


This book-length treatment of reasonable disagreement in politics sheds light on this important and overlooked aspect of political life.  Read more...
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