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- DescriptionThis book offers a comprehensive evaluation of the two preeminent post-WWII political philosophers, John Rawls and Jurgen Habermas. Both men question how we can be free and automous under coercive law and how we might collectively use our reason to justify exercises of political power. In pluralistic modern democracies, citizens cant be expected to agree about social rms on the basis of common allegiance to comprehensive metaphysical or religious doctrines concerning persons or society, and both philosophers thus engage fundamental questions about how a rmatively binding framework for the public use of reason might be possible and justifiable. Hedrick explores the tion of reasonableness underwriting Rawls's political liberalism and the theory of communicative rationality that sustains Habermas's procedural conception of the democratic constitutional state. His book challenges the Rawlsianism prevalent in the Anglo-American world today while defending Habermas's often poorly understood theory as a superior alternative.
- Author BiographyTodd Hedrick is Assistant Professor of philosophy at Michigan State University.
- Author(s)Todd Hedrick
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication01/06/2010
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine28 mm
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