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Title: Public reason, compromise within consensus, and legitimacy
Authors: Lim, Chong-Ming
Keywords: Humanities::Philosophy
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: De Gruyter
Source: Lim, C.-M. (2018). Public reason, compromise within consensus, and legitimacy. In Knoll, M., Snyder, S., & Şimsek, N. (Eds.), New Perspectives on Distributive Justice : Deep Disagreements, Pluralism, and the Problem of Consensus (pp. 225-242). De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110537369-015
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 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.
ISBN: 9783110537369
DOI: 10.1515/9783110537369-015
Rights: © 2018 Walter de Gruyter GmbH. All rights reserved. This book chapter is made available with permission of Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
Fulltext Permission: open
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