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Why Political Liberalism?On John Rawls's Political Turn$
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Paul Weithman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393033

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393033.001.0001

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Conclusion: Why Political Liberalism?

Conclusion: Why Political Liberalism?

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Why Political Liberalism?

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This chapter says what would have to be shown about other versions of political liberalism to establish that their superiority to Rawls's version. It defends political liberalism against the most common objections raised against it. It considers and argues against attempts to locate the foundation of political liberalism in political legitimacy or in a right to equal concern and respect. Finally, it vindicates the suggestion—made in the Introduction—that Rawls's work can be read as an exercise in naturalistic theodicy.

Keywords:   Martha Nussbaum, Charles Larmore, Ronald Dworkin, Immanuel Kant, political legitimacy, theodicy, Thomas Hobbes, Augustine, Fyodor Dostoevsky

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