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Foundations of liberalism
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Moore, Margaret.
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9780198273851
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Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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222 p. ; 23 cm.
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This book is an original critique of contemporary liberal theories of justice, focusing on the problem of how to relate the personal point of view of the individual to the impartial perspective of justice.Margaret Moore's examination of prominent contemporary arguments for liberal justice reveals that individualist theories are subject to two serious difficulties: the motivation problem and the integrity problem. Individualists cannot explain why the individual should be motivated to act inaccordance with the dictates of liberal justice, and-related to this-offer radically incoherent accounts of the person. Revisionist liberal attempts to ground liberalism in contextual and perfectionist terms offer more defensible foundations, but Dr Moore argues that such theories do not supportliberal political principles.She concludes by sketching a historical and concrete approach to political and ethical theorizing which reformulates the relation between self-interest and morality, and is not subject to the problems that beset liberal individualist theories of justice. Her book advances the debate betweencommunitarians and liberals about the kind of moral foundation which a liberal society requires.


Table of Contents

Introduction
I Individualist Liberal Theories
Gewirth and the argument from entailment
Rawls and the abstract contract
II Revisionist Liberal Theories
Contextual arguments for liberalism
Perfectionist arguments for liberalism
III An Alternative Foundation: An alternative foundation for political and ethical principles
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