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Justice, Democracy and Reasonable Agreement

Justice, Democracy and Reasonable Agreement 294 Book Reviews / Journal of Moral Philosophy 7 (2010) 291–300 C. Farrelly, Justice, Democracy and Reasonable Agreement (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 272 pp. ISBN 1403933195 (hbk). Hardback/Paperback: £50.00/–. What are the requirements of justice in a society comprising several million individuals, each diff erent in strength, ability, need and conviction on what justice demands? Collin Farrelly’s argument in Justice, Democracy and Reasonable Agreement begins with scepticism about those political philosophers who in answer to this question advocate some defi nite principles of justice. Farrelly believes that proponents of what he calls the ‘principled para- digm’—and these include, among others, John Rawls, Ronald Dworkin and Robert Nozick—are deeply misguided in their search for justice on the level of ‘ideal theory’. Farrelly’s claim is bold and his project ambitious. Th e book not only promises to explain where liberal egalitarianism, libertarianism and the like go wrong but also to develop the superior alternative of ‘civic liberalism’. Th e aspirations of ‘civic liberalism’ are twofold. Methodologically, the ideal seeks to vindicate a specifi c conception of ‘practical political philosophy’ that takes seriously the complexity, indeterminacy and context-dependence of political theorizing under the ‘non-ideal constraints of the human condition and world’ http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Moral Philosophy Brill

Justice, Democracy and Reasonable Agreement

Journal of Moral Philosophy , Volume 7 (2): 294 – Jan 1, 2010

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Brill
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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1740-4681
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1745-5243
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10.1163/174552409X12567397529025
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294 Book Reviews / Journal of Moral Philosophy 7 (2010) 291–300 C. Farrelly, Justice, Democracy and Reasonable Agreement (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 272 pp. ISBN 1403933195 (hbk). Hardback/Paperback: £50.00/–. What are the requirements of justice in a society comprising several million individuals, each diff erent in strength, ability, need and conviction on what justice demands? Collin Farrelly’s argument in Justice, Democracy and Reasonable Agreement begins with scepticism about those political philosophers who in answer to this question advocate some defi nite principles of justice. Farrelly believes that proponents of what he calls the ‘principled para- digm’—and these include, among others, John Rawls, Ronald Dworkin and Robert Nozick—are deeply misguided in their search for justice on the level of ‘ideal theory’. Farrelly’s claim is bold and his project ambitious. Th e book not only promises to explain where liberal egalitarianism, libertarianism and the like go wrong but also to develop the superior alternative of ‘civic liberalism’. Th e aspirations of ‘civic liberalism’ are twofold. Methodologically, the ideal seeks to vindicate a specifi c conception of ‘practical political philosophy’ that takes seriously the complexity, indeterminacy and context-dependence of political theorizing under the ‘non-ideal constraints of the human condition and world’

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Journal of Moral PhilosophyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2010

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