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Liberalism in Practice: The Psychology and Pedagogy of Public Reason

Olivia Newman


At the core of liberal theory is the idea--found in thinkers from Hobbes to Rawls--that the consent of the governed is key to establishing public justification and political legitimacy. But in a diverse liberal polity like the United States, disagreement runs deep, and a segment of the population will simply regard the regime as illegitimate. This book argues that if citizens were to approach politics in the spirit of public reason, couching arguments in terms that others can reasonably accept, institutional and political legitimacy would be enhanced. Liberal theory has long relied on the theo ... More

Keywords: Rawls, psychology, public justification, legitimacy, pedagogy, political liberalism, public reason, theory of the self, domain-differentiation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262028790
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028790.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olivia Newman, author
Harvard College

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