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Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing$
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Matthew Clayton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199268948

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199268940.001.0001

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Liberal Foundations

Liberal Foundations

(p.6) 1 Liberal Foundations
Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing

Matthew Clayton (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter sets out the liberal ideals of justice and legitimacy that form the basis of the conception of upbringing defended in later chapters. It begins with a summary of Rawls’s conception of political morality, then discusses the different dimensions of liberal autonomy and summarizes Rawls’s case for anti-perfectionist justice. Section 3 considers certain objections to Rawls’s political liberalism and against Rawls, asserting the view that autonomy should be treated as valuable in non-political lives. Section 4 sets out a conception of advantage with which to judge the demands of justice, drawing on Rawls’s account of the interests of citizens and Dworkin’s hypothetical insurance scheme. Finally, the questions addressed in later chapters are clarified by reference to recent discussions of the issue of the site of political morality offered by G.A. Cohen and Andrew Williams.

Keywords:   autonomy, political liberalism, Rawls, Dworkin, anti-perfectionism, interpersonal comparison, site of justice, justice, legitimacy

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