Can a Pluralistic Commonwealth Endure? The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism and Why Philosophers Can't Solve It by Thaddeus J. Kozinski

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Brian McCall

University of Oklahoma - College of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This article considers whether the American pluralist system can satisfy Cicero's definition of a commonwealth as a multitude united in a definition of law and justice. The analysis is based upon a review of Thaddeus Kozinski's book, The Problem or Religious Pluralism and Why Philosophers Can't Solve It. This book critiques the philosophy of John Rawls, Jacques Maritain and Alisdaire MacIntyre. The critique is based upon Cicero's definition of a commonwealth and the article concludes that a society which maintains a deep pluralism over the first principles of law and justice cannot survive as a commonwealth.

Keywords: Pluralism, Natural Law, Cicero, Rawls, Maritain, MacIntyre, Philosophy of Law

Suggested Citation

McCall, Brian Michael, Can a Pluralistic Commonwealth Endure? The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism and Why Philosophers Can't Solve It by Thaddeus J. Kozinski (2013). Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 11, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2258714

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