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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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The Public Basis View

The Public Basis View

(p.17) I The Public Basis View
Why Political Liberalism?

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This chapter lays out the received view of Rawls's political turn, according to which Rawls recast his view because of dissatisfaction with the argument which would serve as the public basis for principles of justice in a well-ordered society. That argument, which Weithman calls the “Pivotal Argument” is laid out with some care. The received view, referred to as “the Public Basis View”, is shown to face insuperable textual and philosophical difficulties.

Keywords:   Ronald Dworkin, Charles Larmore, John Rawls, Michael Sandel, original position, principles of justice

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