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Does Value Pluralism Entail Liberalism?

Robert B. Talisse

Vanderbilt University

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.

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Keywords: Value Pluralism, Liberalism, Isaiah Berlin, William Galston

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Date posted: August 13, 2007  

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Talisse, Robert B., Does Value Pluralism Entail Liberalism? (August 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1005651 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1005651

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Vanderbilt University ( email )
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Department of Philosophy
Nashville, TN 37240
United States
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