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On Liberalism and Neutrality


Placani, Adriana


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Abstract This essay assesses the legitimacy of liberal political theory relative to one of the major theoretical features that it advances – neutrality. The paper considers the latter in light of accommodations, restrictions, and protections for minority groups. The main purpose of this project is to illustrate both how and why liberal political theory is compromised by its focus on neutrality. I counter the deeply liberal conception of the individual, which is understood as an autonomous individual characterized by personal freedom. Personal freedom involves moral self-determination, based on an individual’s right to pursue his or her well-being. Neutrality is sometimes offered by liberal political theorists as a means of resolving the deep conflicts in pluralist societies by various groups. An important part of this work will constitute in a review and assessment of John Rawls’s formulation of neutrality in most depth. I will argue that as it is envisaged by liberal political theory, neutrality necessitates reconsideration because of its virtual absence of provisions for minority groups. My research is aimed at revealing that in order for liberal political theory to succeed in its claims of universality and fundamental rights, it must properly address the position of minority groups within society.
Thesaurusschlagwörter liberalism; neutrality; the public; Rawls, J.; political theory; morality; law; pluralism; minority; social recognition; minority rights
Klassifikation Allgemeines, spezielle Theorien und Schulen, Methoden, Entwicklung und Geschichte der Politikwissenschaft; Philosophie, Theologie
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2009
Seitenangabe S. 153-165
Zeitschriftentitel Studia Politica: Romanian Political Science Review, 9 (2009) 1
ISSN 1582-4551
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerz., Keine Bearbeitung