Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Does Respect Require Antiperfectionism? Gaus on Liberal Neutrality

Andrew Koppelman

Gerald Gaus has developed the most sophisticated presentation of the antiperfectionist idea that official neutrality between contested conceptions of the good is demanded by mutual respect among citizens. However, other aspects of his own political theory -- in particular, his demonstration of the legitimacy of social coordination toward common ends -- inadvertently strengthen the case for perfectionism.

I elaborate in a paper forthcoming in the Harvard Review of Philosophy, just posted on SSRN here.  This is a paper in philosophy, not law, but it obviously has legal implications.

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