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Equal Citizenship and Public Reason: A Feminist Political Liberalism

Christie Hartley and Lori Watson


This book is a defense of political liberalism as a feminist liberalism. The first half of the book develops and defends a novel interpretation of political liberalism. It is argued that political liberals should accept a restrictive account of public reason and that political liberals’ account of public justification is superior to the leading alternative, the convergence account of public justification. In the second half of the book, it is argued that political liberalism’s core commitments restrict all reasonable conceptions of justice to those that secure genuine, substantive equality for ... More

Keywords: political liberalism, public reason, equal citizenship, public justification, feminism, gender, prostitution, marriage, gender division of labor, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190683023
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190683023.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christie Hartley, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Georgia State University

Lori Watson, author
Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Affiliated Faculty School of Law, University of San Diego