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Title: John Rawls: anti-foundationalism, deliberative democracy, and cosmopolitanism
Authors: Trifirò, Fabrizio
Keywords: Rawls, Johndemocracycosmopolitanism
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Francesco Trifirò, "John Rawls: anti-foundationalism, deliberative democracy, and cosmopolitanism", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, VIII (2006) 1, pp. 1-45.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
VIII (2006) 1
This paper aims at illustrating how from the works of John Rawls we can see emerging a
viable anti-foundationalist cosmopolitan and deliberative democratic approach to liberalism.
I shall argue that, despite what some of his critics believe, Rawls’s liberal theory of justice (1)
is not concerned with foundational preoccupations (e.g. Michael Sandel); (2) does not ignore
concrete processes of collective deliberation over matters of public interests (e.g. Amy
Guttman, Dennis Thomson, Brian Barry); (3) nor does it endorse rigid limits to the scope of
democratic deliberation (e.g. Jeremy Waldron, John Gray, Richard Bellamy). Yet I shall
claim, following Andrew Kuper, that (4) there is a real risk of infringing individuals’ primary
moral significance in trying to stretch too much the limits of liberal toleration in order to
accommodate political liberalism with multiculturalism in the international sphere.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2006) VIII/1

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