Does Value Pluralism Entail Liberalism?
13 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2007
Date Written: August 2007
Isaiah Berlin repeatedly attempted to derive liberalism from value pluralism. It is generally agreed that Berlin's arguments fail; however, neo-Berlinians have taken up the project of securing the entailment. This paper begins with an account of why the Berlinian project seems attractive to contemporary theorists. I then examine Berlin's argument. With this background in place, I criticize William Galston's recent attempts to rescue the Berlinian project.
Keywords: Value Pluralism, Liberalism, Isaiah Berlin, William Galston
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