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Private Consciences and Public Reasons

Kent Greenawalt


Within democratic societies, a deep division exists over the nature of community and the grounds for political life. Should the political order be neutral between competing conceptions of the good life or should it be based on some such conception? This book addresses one crucial set of problems raised by this division: What bases should officials and citizens employ in reaching political decisions and justifying their positions? Should they feel free to rely on whatever grounds seem otherwise persuasive to them, like religious convictions, or should they restrict themselves to “public reasons ... More

Keywords: democratic societies, nature of community, political order, liberal democracy, political decisions, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195094190
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195094190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kent Greenawalt, author
Columbia University