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Constitutional Goods

Alan Brudner


Most constitutional theorists have despaired of a liberal consensus on the fundamental goals of constitutional order. Instead they have contented themselves with agreement on lower-level principles on which those who disagree on fundamentals may coincidentally converge or else with a process for translating fundamental disagreement into acceptable laws. The book suggests a conception of fundamental justice that liberals of competing philosophic schools may accept as fulfilling their own basic commitments. It argues that the model liberal-democratic constitution is best understood as a unity of ... More

Keywords: constitutional theory, constitutional goods, inclusive public reason, freedom of conscience, perfectionism, liberal consensus, liberal confidence, dignity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199225798
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199225798.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Brudner, author
Albert Abel Professor of Law, University of Toronto