The Classical Tilt of Justificatory Liberalism

Andrew D. Lister

Queen's University

January 18, 2012

European Journal of Political Theory, Forthcoming

The Order of Public Reason is Gerald Gaus's important new statement of justificatory liberalism. However, the book is much more than a refinement of Gaus's political philosophy, as it also attempts to explain and justify social morality. The initial purpose of this essay is to explain how the overall argument is meant to hang together. The paper also identifies four points at which the argument might be challenged, primarily as it relates to justificatory liberalism's "tilt" in favor of classical liberalism, as against social justice liberalism.

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Keywords: public justification, public reason, liberalism, justice, authority, morality

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Date posted: January 18, 2012  

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Lister, Andrew D., The Classical Tilt of Justificatory Liberalism (January 18, 2012). European Journal of Political Theory, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1987579

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