Justificatory Liberalism: An Essay on Epistemology and Political Theory (Oxford Political Theory)

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9780195094398: Justificatory Liberalism: An Essay on Epistemology and Political Theory (Oxford Political Theory)

This treatise advances a theory of personal, public and political justification. Drawing on current work in epistemology and cognitive psychology, the book develops a theory of personally justified belief. Building on this, it then advances an account of public justification that is more normative and less "populist" than the views of political liberals. Following the social contract theories of Hobbes, Locke and Kant, the author argues that citizens have inconclusive public justification. The rules of law, liberal democracy and limited judicial review are defended as elements of a publicly justified procedure.

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Gerald F. Gaus, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, University of Minnesota.

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"[The author's writing] is carried out with care and sophistication and shows command of a wide range of philosophical sources. [The book] is an important contribution [and] cannot be ignored by anyone seriously interested in this topic."--The Journal of Politics


"This impressive book is a detailed exploration...readers interested in contemporary liberalism will find their understanding of it significantly enhanced by this book"--Ethics


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