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New Perspectives on Distributive Justice

Deep Disagreements, Pluralism, and the Problem of Consensus

Ed. by Knoll, Manuel / Snyder, Stephen / Şimsek, Nurdane

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November 2018
Copyright year:
2019
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978-3-11-053736-9
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Public Reason, Compromise within Consensus, and Legitimacy

Lim, Chong-Ming

Abstract

A central idea of public reason liberalism is that the exercise of political power is legitimate when supported only by reasons which all citizens accept. Public reason serves as a necessary standard for evaluating the legitimacy of political decisions. In this paper, I examine the directive to employ public reason from the citizens’ perspective. I suggest that employing public reason potentially involves them engaging in different types of compromise. I consider how acknowledging these compromises sheds light on public reason liberalism. Public reason may not offer a necessary standard for evaluating the legitimacy of decisions, and the evaluation it offers may not have great weight relative to other moral and political considerations.

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Chong-Ming Lim (2018). Public Reason, Compromise within Consensus, and Legitimacy. In Manuel Knoll, Stephen Snyder, Nurdane Şimsek (Eds.), New Perspectives on Distributive Justice: Deep Disagreements, Pluralism, and the Problem of Consensus (pp. 225–242). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110537369-015

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110537369

Online ISBN: 9783110537369

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