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By Gerald F. Gaus

Textual content presents scholars with an summary of key tenets of liberalism constructed via Hobbes, Locke, Kant and Rawls as much as cutting-edge theories and debates. Introduces and explores seven dominant theories of public cause; together with pluralism, Neo-Hobbesianism, pragmatism, deliberative democracy, and political democracy. Softcover, hardcover to be had.

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So we can conclude that C > B. Yet we still cannot say that C is better than D, for our uncertainties about the relevant merits of B and D do not allow us to say that just because C is better than B it must also be better than D. We thus see the intransitiv~ ~ ity of the relation: (D B) & (C > B) do not imply C > D. 47 This is important: a claim that values are incommensurable need not be a claim that qualitatively different values are simply impossible to compare, and ‘there is nothing further behind it’.

See also Edward Westermarck, Ethical Relativity (London: Kegan Paul, 1932). 23 See James S. Fishkin, Beyond Subjective Morality (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1984). 24 See my ‘Subjective Value and Justificatory Political Theory’ in J. Roland Pennock and John W. Chapman, eds. NOMOS XXVIII: Justification (New York: New York University Press, 1986), pp. 241–269. M. , vols. 7 and 8 (University of Toronto Press, Toronto (1974 [1843]), pp. 766–767. 26 See Donald Davidson, ‘Radical Interpretation’, Dialictica, vol.

459. 2 John Plamenatz, Man and Society (London: Longman, 1973), vol. I, p. 46. 3 I consider liberalism’s devotion of reason in more depth in my Political Concepts and Political Theories (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2000), Ch. 3. 4 John Milton, Areopagitica: A Speech for the Liberty on Unlicensed Printing, to the Parliament of England in Areopagitica and Other Tracts (London: Dent, 1925), p. 50. , p. 61. , p. 60. , On Liberty and Other Essays (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991), p. 26 (Ch.

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