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In Search of Universal Political Principles: Avoiding Some of Modernity's Pitfalls and Discovering the Importance of Liberal Political Order

In Search of Universal Political Principles: Avoiding Some of Modernity's Pitfalls and... U N I V E R S A L J U S E DC E AN I A N I V E R S E W O R L D TI UC I T O D Douglas B. Rasmussen and Douglas J. Den Uyl Although it is necessary for the truth of a cognition that the cognition answer to the thing known, still it is not necessary that the mode of the thing known be the same as the mode of its cognition. --Aquinas, Summa contra gentiles, II, 75 The only safe way to apply Kant's test of universalizability is to envisage the act in its whole concrete particularity. --Sir David Ross, Kant's Ethical Theory legislative. This essay builds on the defense of a classical liberal political order we set forth in Norms of Liberty, focusing here on the groundwork that we consider critical to the advancement of universal claims in politics and ethics. Ethical Knowledge Distinguished from Theoretical Knowledge Liberation from the four constraints depends upon a proper understanding of the nature of ethical knowledge. Theoretical (or speculative) knowledge is concerned with that which does not change or what is the same from instance to instance--with In http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

In Search of Universal Political Principles: Avoiding Some of Modernity's Pitfalls and Discovering the Importance of Liberal Political Order

The Good Society , Volume 19 (1) – Jul 22, 2010

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U N I V E R S A L J U S E DC E AN I A N I V E R S E W O R L D TI UC I T O D Douglas B. Rasmussen and Douglas J. Den Uyl Although it is necessary for the truth of a cognition that the cognition answer to the thing known, still it is not necessary that the mode of the thing known be the same as the mode of its cognition. --Aquinas, Summa contra gentiles, II, 75 The only safe way to apply Kant's test of universalizability is to envisage the act in its whole concrete particularity. --Sir David Ross, Kant's Ethical Theory legislative. This essay builds on the defense of a classical liberal political order we set forth in Norms of Liberty, focusing here on the groundwork that we consider critical to the advancement of universal claims in politics and ethics. Ethical Knowledge Distinguished from Theoretical Knowledge Liberation from the four constraints depends upon a proper understanding of the nature of ethical knowledge. Theoretical (or speculative) knowledge is concerned with that which does not change or what is the same from instance to instance--with In

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: Jul 22, 2010

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