Eudaimonia in America
Robert T. Miller
University of Iowa College of Law; Classical Liberal Institute, New York University School of Law
March 1, 2013
232 First Things 25 (April 2013)
U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-20
Responding to Patrick Deneen and Alasdair MacIntyre's attacks on America's liberal political system, I distinguish between philosophical liberalism, which supports liberal political institutions on the basis of a liberal political philosophy, and pragmatic liberalism, which supports liberal political institutions as reasonable and practical compromises among people with diverse interests and normative beliefs. I argue that someone who is an Aristotelian-Thomist in morals should, in our current pluralistic circumstances, be a pragmatic liberal in politics.
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Keywords: eudaimonism, liberalism, aristotelianism, virtue theory, thomismAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 19, 2013 ; Last revised: April 30, 2013
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