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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 Great Unraveling

The Great Unraveling

(p.234) VIII The Great Unraveling
Why Political Liberalism?

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According to the interpretation defended in this book, Rawls made the transition to political liberalism because he came to think that the arguments for congruence laid out in Chapters VI and VII failed. They failed because, as was suggested in Chapter II, they depended upon the assumption that members of a well-ordered society would all affirm the same partially comprehensive doctrine. This chapter shows exactly where the congruence arguments appealed to that assumption and exactly why this led to their failure. The chapter concludes by contrasting the interpretation defended here with other explanations of Rawls's turn to political liberalism.

Keywords:   Public Basis View, Samuel Freeman, Burton Dreben, Samuel Scheffler, congruence, stability, John Rawls

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