Does Respect Require Antiperfectionism? Gaus on Liberal Neutrality
Harvard Review of Philosophy, Forthcoming
16 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2015 Last revised: 22 Feb 2019
Date Written: September 11, 2015
Gerald Gaus has developed the most sophisticated presentation of the antiperfectionist idea that official neutrality between contested conceptions of the good is demanded by mutual respect among citizens. However, other aspects of his own political theory -- in particular, his demonstration of the legitimacy of social coordination toward common ends -- inadvertently strengthen the case for perfectionism.
Keywords: Gerald Gaus, Perfectionism, Liberalism, Political Theory
JEL Classification: K10, K30
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