The Origin and Future of Political Liberalism

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This essay reviews Paul Weithman’s new work – Why Political Liberalism? On John Rawls’s Political Turn. Weithman’s book has two aims, first to explain why Rawls recast his political theory and second, to defend a particular interpretation of political liberalism. In contrast to other reviews, this essay addresses the latter aim. I challenge Weithman’s defense of political liberalism on two grounds: (1) that it fails to adequately grapple with pluralism about justice and (2) that it does not provide an adequate model of stability for the right reasons. I conclude that these two weaknesses in an otherwise excellent book suggest a promising future for the political liberal tradition, one that is more comfortable with indeterminacy and less comfortable with deliberative restraint.

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1

 See Sen 2009, Cohen 2008.

2

Rawls 2005, pp. xv–xvi.

5

Rawls 1971, Rawls 2005, Weithman 2010.

6

Rawls 1999, p. 171.

7

Rawls 1971, p. 401.

8

Ibid., p. 436.

9

Ibid., p. 401.

10

Rawls 2005, p. xliii. In pl, Rawls replaced the term “inherent” stability because he thought that stability no longer inhered in justice as fairness itself. But I will still use “stability for the right reasons” and “inherent stability” interchangeably as the idea of “inherence” that I appeal to is more general than Rawls’s.

11

Rawls 1971, p. 498.

12

Ibid., p. 336.

13

In Thrasher and Vallier 2015, we argue that these two equilibriums can be modeled as a Stag Hunt.

15

Rawls 2005, p. xviii.

16

Ibid., p. 134.

17

Ibid., p. 169.

18

Ibid., p. 156.

19

Ibid., p. 71.

20

Ibid., p. 137.

25

Rawls 2005, p. 249.

26

Rawls 2005, p. 247.

27

Rawls 2005, p. 462.

28

Ibid., p. 464.

30

Weithman 2013, p. xxx.

31

Rawls 2005, p. xlvi.

32

Rawls 2005, p. xlvii.

33

Rawls 2005, p. xlvi.

34

Rawls 2005, p. xlv.

39

Thrasher and Vallier 2015.

40

 See Aumann 1990, Gintis 2009 for discussion of this point.

42

Gaus 2011a, p. 46.

43

Ibid., p. 422.

44

Ibid., p. 393–417.

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