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Reason, Morality, and LawThe Philosophy of John Finnis$
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John Keown and Robert P. George

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199675500

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675500.001.0001

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Reasoning about the Human Good, and the Role of the Public Philosopher

Reasoning about the Human Good, and the Role of the Public Philosopher

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(p.37) 3 Reasoning about the Human Good, and the Role of the Public Philosopher
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Reason, Morality, and Law
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John Haldane

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675500.003.0004

This chapter analyses the role of the public philosopher, and issues that have dominated recent discussions of reasoning in the public square about matters of common public interest, with a view to influencing public policy. It examines the writings of John Finnis and contrasts them with those of John Rawls, Jurgen Habermas, and Richard Rorty. Finnis represents a broad and deep rationalism; Rawls a narrower and shallower one; Habermas a pragmatic, cultural hermeneutic; and Rorty the rejection of all rationalism.

Keywords:   public policy, public philosopher, reasoning, John Finnis, John Rawls, Jurgen Harbermas, Richard Rorty, rationalism

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