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Gerald Gaus draws on current work in epistemology and cognitive psychology to defend a modest version of cognitive relativism. Building on this theory of personal justification, he asks, How do we justify moral and political principles to others? Here, the populist proposal put forward by political liberals--that the assent of all reasonable citizens must be obtained--is considered and rejected. Because reasonable people often ignore excellent reasons, moral and political principles can be considered conclusively justified, even in the face of some reasonable dissent. Conclusive justification, however, is difficult to achieve, and Gaus acknowledges that most of our public justifications are inconclusive. He then addresses the question of how citizens can adjudicate their inconclusive public justifications. The rule of law, liberal democracy and limited judicial review are defended as elements of a publicly justified umpiring procedure.

About the Author:
Gerald F. Gaus is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and President of the International Economics and Philosophy Society. He is the author of Value and Justification: The Foundations of Liberal Theory (1990) and The Modern Liberal Theory of Man (1983).


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  • ISBN-13: 9780195094404
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Depth: 25
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 27 mm
  • Width: 155 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0195094409
  • Publisher Date: 14 Mar 1996
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 230 mm
  • No of Pages: 392
  • Series Title: Oxford Political Theory
  • Weight: 599 gr


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