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Foundations of Liberalism

Margaret Moore


Foundations of Liberalism is a critical examination of contemporary liberal theories of justice (Gewirth, Rawls, Gauthier, Raz, among others) focussing on the familiar problem of how to relate the personal point of view of the individual to the impartial perspective of justice. Two kinds of problems typically arise from the attempt to ground liberal justice in an individualist foundation. The ‘motivation problem’ refers to the difficulty in explaining why the individual would be motivated to act in accordance with liberal justice. The ‘integrity problem’ refers to the tendency to ... More

Keywords: impartiality, individualism, integrity, justice, Liberalism, moral foundations, morality, motivation, self‐interest

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Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198273851
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198273851.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Moore, author
University of Waterloo, Ontario

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