Free Public Reason: Making It Up As We Go

Hardcover | August 1, 1995

byFred DAgostino

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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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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 c...

Fred D'Agostino is at University of New England, Armidale, Australia.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.49 × 6.42 × 0.75 inPublished:August 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195097610

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"D'Agostino's care in detailing the many dimensions of the concept of public justification moves us closer to being able to identify these goods and ideals as they are now exemplified and violated."--American Political Science Review