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Brettschneider Response to Quong on the Introduction and Chapter One of When the State Speaks

I would like to begin by thanking the contributors to Public Reason symposium for such careful summaries of the book and such thoughtful and probing questions. The discussions in the comments section have also been terrific and I am grateful … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Final

I, too, join the praise for Corey’s work and appreciate the invitation to participate in this forum. Writing an original, well-executed and compelling book, such as this one, on a topic that has been debated for so long and by … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Conclusion – Value Democracy at Home and Abroad

I’ve been appallingly remiss in fulfilling my duties this time around. In an effort to make good, I’ve spent several days poring over these excellent commentaries and discussions, as well as reacquainting myself with Corey’s wonderful book, which has taught … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Chapter 5

I want to begin by thanking Corey for the opportunity to read his wonderful book. I found it well-written, original, and thought-provoking, and I am sympathetic to many aspects of his approach. While I sometimes disagreed, I always struggled to … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Chapter 5, Religious Freedom and the Reasons for Rights

Along with the other commenters, I’m grateful for the opportunity to take part in this reading group. I find Corey’s book both timely and provocative; perhaps one of the book’s main virtues is the way in which it frames controversial … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Chapter Four, Democratic Persuasion and State Subsidy

I have learned a great deal from Corey’s book and the blog posts so far; I appreciate the opportunity to kick off our discussion of Chapter 4.  Because of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US I’ve written up this post … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Chapter Three, Democratic Persuasion and the Freedom of Expression

The main challenge of chapter 3 is to explain and defend the view that while the state is permitted (indeed required) to engage in democratic persuasion aimed at producing reflective revision (i.e., talk people out of certain illiberal views) it … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Chapter Two: Publicly Justifiable Privacy and Reflective Revision by Citizens

The Determination of Privacy: This is a provocative, original book, and Chapter Two is typical in arguing rationally for radical revisions in our ways of thinking. In order to convince us of that the state is allowed—indeed, is obliged—to persuade … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Introduction and Chapter 1

I’m very pleased to begin our reading group on Corey Brettschneider’s new book: When the State Speaks, What Should it Say? How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality. In this post I’ll offer a brief summary of the introduction … Continue reading

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When the State Speaks Reading Group: Schedule

This post is meant as a reference point for any and all posts that related to our reading group on Corey Brettschneider’s When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? Below I list our reading schedule along with the name … Continue reading

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Reading Group on Corey Brettschneider’s When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?

I’m happy to announce that from 12 November we’ll be hosting a reading group on Corey Brettschneider’s new book, When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?: How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality. From the publishers: How should … Continue reading

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The Order of Public Reason: Conclusion (and Appendix A)

We reach the end of the book. It has been a long-haul and I am grateful to everyone who has been involved. I’m going to use this post to achieve two aims: (a) to summarize the main themes of the … Continue reading

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ORR VIII.25 Further Functions of the State and Practical Paretianism

This section is very interesting, though it might be less exciting than the others in this chapter. It focuses on the question of state provision of public goods and addressing negative externalities. The last section takes up forms of “practical … Continue reading

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OPR VIII, Sec. 24, Private Property and the Redistributive State

I apologize for my tardiness. I have fallen behind in my readings, but I was also ill this week and am only today rising (from bed). I expect there will be a number of corrections to be made in what … Continue reading

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OPR VIII.23: The Justification of Coercive Laws

Overview of §23 I’m going to structure my discussion of this section a little differently. I’m also going to be a bit polemical about it. Perhaps this treatment will galvanize some discussion about this section, which I believe is rather … Continue reading

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OPR VIII.22: The Authority of the State

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OPR VII.21: The Testing Conception

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OPR VII.20: The Evolution of Morality

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OPR VII.19: Coordinating on a Morality

On Gaus section 19 I should preface these remarks with the proviso that I am simply a guest blogger for this section, filling in for someone who dropped out, and have been unable to follow the earlier discussion in the … Continue reading

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OPR VI.18 Jurisdictional Rights

At the end of Chapter 17 we saw that the argument from abstraction cannot provide the determinate moral rules that are needed for social coordination.  Members of the public are left with a set of optimal eligible interpretations of the … Continue reading

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