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A sufficiently just liberal society is an illusion

Ypi, Lea (2019) A sufficiently just liberal society is an illusion. Res Publica, 25 (4). 463 - 474. ISSN 1356-4765

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11158-019-09441-4


Matteo Bonotti’s book on Partisanship and Public Reason in Diverse Societies is grounded on a theory of partisanship that sees the demands of public reason as internal to the very definition of a party. Bonotti suggests that partisanship is not only compatible with but essential to the stability and legitimacy of a well-ordered liberal society. My paper aims to raise some questions internal to the liberal account of partisanship so as to probe the methodological foundations and plausibility of the liberal framework taken as a whole. My argument is that the assumption of a sufficiently just liberal society on which the book grounds its defence of partisanship makes us ill-equipped to face some of the most critical challenges that liberal societies face in the world that we live.

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Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
K Law > K Law (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2019 10:06
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:50

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