Does Value Pluralism Entail Liberalism?
Robert B. Talisse
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: Value Pluralism, Liberalism, Isaiah Berlin, William Galston
Date posted: August 13, 2007