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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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Ideals and Inconsistency

Ideals and Inconsistency

(p.68) III Ideals and Inconsistency
Why Political Liberalism?

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Rawls suggests that the inconsistency he found in justice as fairness resulted from his assumption in Theory of Justice that everyone in a just liberal society would affirm the same comprehensive doctrine. This chapter explains what is meant by a comprehensive doctrine, distinguishes full comprehensive doctrines from partial ones, and argues that Rawls meant he had assumed everyone would affirm the same partially comprehensive doctrine. The chapter then shows exactly where he made that assumption and briefly states the inconsistency that resulted.

Keywords:   congruence, ideal, ideal-dependent desire, full deliberative rationality, goodness as rationality, full theory of the good, thin theory of the good, full autonomy, thin autonomy, Henry Sidgwick

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