By Gerald F. Gaus
Textual content offers scholars with an summary of key tenets of liberalism built via Hobbes, Locke, Kant and Rawls as much as brand new theories and debates. Introduces and explores seven dominant theories of public cause; together with pluralism, Neo-Hobbesianism, pragmatism, deliberative democracy, and political democracy. Softcover, hardcover on hand.
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122ff. 19 This is reported by James Rachels, The Elements of Morality, 3rd edn (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1999), Ch. 2. LIBERALISM AND REASON 23 20 See here Isaiah Berlin, ‘Alleged Relativism in Eighteenth-Century European Thought’, in The Crooked Timber of Humanity, Henry Hardy, ed. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990), pp. 71–72. For a sensitive examination by a philosopher of a different culture’s ethical beliefs, and the extent to which they are ultimately in conflict with European morality, see Richard B.
Quoting Raz, Gray insists ‘where there is incommensurability, it is the ultimate truth. 43 It seems that for Gray, values that are qualitatively different cannot be compared: Shakespeare and Aeschylus are incommensurable just because they are too different to be compared. But this cannot be the entire explanation. Consider a dramatist of a low rank, such as the nineteenth-century Austrian Joseph Gleich, who wrote ‘improvement plays’, which focused on an improvement in a flaw of the main character.
16 Isaiah Berlin, The Roots of Romanticism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997), p. 23. 17 Alasdair MacIntyre, Whose Justice? Which Rationality? (Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame University Press, 1988), p. 6. 18 See John Gray, Enlightenment’s Wake: Politics and Culture at The Close of the Modern Age (London: Routledge, 1995), pp. 122ff. 19 This is reported by James Rachels, The Elements of Morality, 3rd edn (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1999), Ch. 2. LIBERALISM AND REASON 23 20 See here Isaiah Berlin, ‘Alleged Relativism in Eighteenth-Century European Thought’, in The Crooked Timber of Humanity, Henry Hardy, ed.