Author D'Agostino, Fred
Title Free Public Reason : Making It up As We Go
Imprint Cary : Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 1996
©1996
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Note Intro -- Contents -- 1. Introduction -- 1. Précis -- 2. Retrospective -- 3. Prospective -- Part I. Construction -- 2. Some Apparatus -- 4. Ideas about Ideas -- 5. Pluralism -- 6. Essential Contestability and the Problem of Public Justification -- 3. The Idea of Public Justification -- 7. The Circumstances of, Conditions for, and Limits on Politics -- 8. The Rationale for and Realm of Public Justification -- 9. The Concept and Some Dimensions of Public Justification -- 4. Some Conceptions of Public Justification -- 10. Rawls's Conception -- 11. Gauthier's Conception -- 12. Ackerman's Conception -- 13. A 'Utilitarian' Conception -- 14. Habermas's Conception -- 15. Gaus's Conception -- 5. The Ideal of Public Justification -- 16. Two Families of Desiderata -- 17. The Moralistic Desiderata -- 18. The Realistic Desiderata -- Part II. Deconstruction -- 6. Prima Facie Incoherence -- 19. Contestability of the Concept of Public Justification? -- 20. Dimensional Failures of Tracking -- 21. Other Failures of Tracking -- 7. Overarching Principles and Perspectives? -- 22. Some Preliminaries -- 23. Maclntyre's Strategy -- 24. The Majoritarianism of Ackerman and Gaus -- 25. Hurley's Social Knowledge Functions -- 26. Minimax Relative Concession à la Gauthier and Gaus -- 27. The Question of Extensional Equivalence, and Other Issues -- 8. Responses to and Diagnosis of Prima Facie Incoherence -- 28. Liberalism and Postmodernism -- 29. Anarchism -- 30. Authoritarianism -- 31. Substitutionism and Its Inadequacy -- 32. A Political Alternative -- Part III. Reconstruction -- 9. 'Solving' the Problem -- 33. A Political Solution -- 34. 'Normal Discursive' Constitution Making -- 35. Pre-Constitutional Theorizing -- 10. Assessing the Solution -- 36. Delegates and Their Principals -- 37. The Prospects for Convergence -- 38. Satisfaction of the Desiderata? -- 11. Conclusion
39. The Superiority of a Political Approach -- 40. Further Remarks about Constitution Making -- 41. Perpetual Instability and the Nature of Philosophical Thinking -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z
Free Public Reason examines the idea of public justification, stressing its importance but also questioning the coherence of the concept itself. Although public justification is employed in the work of theorists such as John Rawls, Jeremy Waldron, Thomas Nagel, and others, it has receivedlittle attention on its own as a philosophical concept. In this book Fred D'Agostino shows that the concept is composed of various values, interests, and notions of the good, and that no ranking of these is possible. The notion of public justification itself is thus shown to be contestable. Indemonstrating this, D'Agostino undermines many current political theories that rely on this concept. Having broken down the foundations of public justification, D'Agostino then offers an alternative model of how a workable consensus on its meaning might be reached through the interactions of acommunity of interpreters or delegates at a constitutional convention
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Link Print version: D'Agostino, Fred Free Public Reason : Making It up As We Go Cary : Oxford University Press, Incorporated,c1996 9780195097610
Subject Political science -- Philosophy.;Justification (Theory of knowledge);Reason
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