Monthly Archives: January 2011

OPR, Ch.2.5: Revisionist Theories

Summary Sections 2.5 and 2.6 form the core argument of this chapter. These sections can be studied independently of each other, but I think it worthwhile to first take a look at how they work together to support Gaus’ main … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Conference on Value Inquiry, topic “Liberty, Equality, and Business” (proposals due SOON).

I just received a call for papers through the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics list that might be of interest to Public Reason members.  As you’ll see, it’s encouraging submissions very soon (within a few days for best chance … Continue reading

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CFP: Association for Legal and Social Philosophy 2011

Warwick: 4-6 July 2011 | CFP: 15 March 2011 The 2011 conference of the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy will be held at the University of Warwick on 4-6 July 2011. The theme of the conference is “Authority, Legitimacy … Continue reading

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OPR Ch. 2.4: The Instrumentalist Approach to Social Order

Summary This section begins with a question that Gauthier poses, one that Gaus thinks we ought to take very seriously: why pay attention to morality’s demands when those demands can be so restrictive? Where does morality get the authority to … Continue reading

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OPR Ch. 1.3: Evaluative Diversity and the Problem of Indeterminacy

Summary Gaus begins this section by describing a Kantian proposal for how to reconcile the freedom and equality of persons with the authority of morality. First, we bracket our private ends-those things that divide us. Second, we focus on those … Continue reading

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OPR, Ch.I.2: Moral Authority among Free and Equal Persons

OPR attempts to show how moral authority can is possible despite disagreement among free and equal persons about the nature of morality. To do so, we must determine what moral authority is and the challenges it raises. Section 2 might … Continue reading

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