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Liberalism with Excellence

Matthew H. Kramer


During the past several decades, political philosophers have frequently debated whether governments are morally required to remain neutral among reasonable conceptions of excellence and human flourishing. Whereas the numerous followers of John Rawls (and kindred philosophers such as Ronald Dworkin) have maintained that a requirement of neutrality is indeed incumbent on every system of governance, other philosophers—often designated as “perfectionists”—have argued against such a requirement. Liberalism with Excellence enters these debates not by plighting itself unequivocally to one side or the ... More

Keywords: liberalism, perfectionism, John Rawls, Joseph Raz, Thomas Nagel, Ronald Dworkin, neutrality, political philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198777960
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198777960.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew H. Kramer, author
Professor of Legal and Political Philosophy, University of Cambridge