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Liberalism without Perfection$
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Jonathan Quong

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199594870

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594870.001.0001

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What Kind of Liberalism?

What Kind of Liberalism?

(p.12) 1 What Kind of Liberalism?
Liberalism without Perfection

Jonathan Quong

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a detailed map of the dispute regarding what role, if any, conceptions of the good should play in liberal political theory. In particular, the chapter outlines the essential tenets of liberal perfectionism and political liberalism. The chapter also provides a brief overview and critique of a third view, comprehensive antiperfectionism, which tries to ground liberal political theory in a particular view of human flourishing while insisting that the liberal state must nevertheless remain neutral between competing conceptions of the good.

Keywords:   antiperfectionism, comprehensive liberalism, good life, liberal perfectionism, political liberalism, public reason, Rawls, reasonable persons

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