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Political Liberalism and Political Community

Leland, RJ; van Wietmarschen, H; (2016) Political Liberalism and Political Community. Journal of Moral Philosophy , 14 (2) pp. 142-167. 10.1163/17455243-46810052. Green open access

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Abstract

We provide a justification for political liberalism’s Reciprocity Principle, which states that political decisions must be justified exclusively on the basis of considerations that all reasonable citizens can reasonably be expected to accept. The standard argument for the Reciprocity Principle grounds it in a requirement of respect for persons. We argue for a different, but compatible, justification: the Reciprocity Principle is justified because it makes possible a desirable kind of political community. The general endorsement of the Reciprocity Principle, we will argue, helps realize joint political rule and relationships of civic friendship. The main obstacle to the realization of these values is the presence of reasonable disagreement about religious, moral, and philosophical issues characteristic of liberal societies. We show the Reciprocity Principle helps to overcome this obstacle.

Type: Article
Title: Political Liberalism and Political Community
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1163/17455243-46810052
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/17455243-46810052
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: civic friendship; political community; political philosophy; political liberalism; joint rule
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1505683
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