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A more liberal public reason liberalism

Fumagalli, Roberto (2022) A more liberal public reason liberalism. Moral Philosophy and Politics. ISSN 2194-5616

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Identification Number: 10.1515/mopp-2021-0068

Abstract

In recent years, leading public reason liberals have argued that publicly justifying coercive laws and policies requires that citizens offer both adequate secular justificatory reasons and adequate secular motivating reasons for these laws and policies. In this paper, I provide a critical assessment of these two requirements and argue for two main claims concerning such requirements. First, only some qualified versions of the requirement that citizens offer adequate secular justificatory reasons for coercive laws and policies may be justifiably regarded as plausible liberal principles of public justification. And second, the requirement that citizens offer adequate secular motivating reasons for coercive laws and policies is untenable on multiple grounds. Public reason liberals should focus on assessing the justificatory reasons offered for and against coercive laws and policies rather than requiring citizens to offer adequate secular motivating reasons for such laws and policies.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.degruyter.com/journal/key/mopp/html
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 23 May 2022 16:18
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2022 07:45
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115184

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