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Palgrave Macmillan

Political Neutrality

A Re-evaluation

ISBN 9780230285101
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The topic of neutrality on the good is linked rather closely to the ideal of political liberalism as formulated by John Rawls. The basic intuition supporting the ideal of political neutrality is that no exercise of political power can be legitimately justified solely by the reason that one way of life is intrinsically superior to others. For a number of contemporary authors, the ideal of neutrality is the hallmark of liberalism. The contributors to this volume are internationally renowned authors and in several cases among the most prominent names to be found in contemporary political theory. The book should become a reference volume on liberal neutrality.

Roberto Merrill is a researcher in political philosophy at the Centre for Humanistic Studies, University of Minho (CEHUM), Portugal, and Associate Researcher at CEVIPOF (Sciences Po-Paris). His research interests include the relationship between art and morality, liberal neutrality and value pluralism, left-libertarianism, as well as neo-republicanism and multiculturalism.

Daniel Weinstock is Professor of Philosophy at McGill's Faculty of Law, Canada. He held the Canadian Research Chair on Ethics and Political Philosophy. He has published widely on the ethics of nationalism, problems of justice and stability in multinational states, the foundations of international ethics, and the accommodation of cultural and moral diversity within liberal democratic societies.

Notes on Contributors
Introduction; R.Merrill
1. Neutrality and Political Liberalism; R.Arneson
2. The Possibility and Desirability of Neutrality; P.De Marneffe
3. Perfectionist Neutrality; S.Wall
4. Expressive Neutrality; K.A.Appiah
5. Neutrality Toward Non-Controversial Conceptions of the Good Life; R.Ogien
6. Consequential Neutrality Revivified; S.Clarke
7. Neutrality and Liberal Pluralism; G.Crowder
8. Perfectionism and Democracy; G.Sher
9. Neutrality, Public Reason and Deliberative Democracy; C.M.Macleod
10. A New Approach to Equality; C.Sypnowich

K. Anthony Appiah is Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, USA
Richard J. Arneson is a professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of California, San Diego, USA
Simon Clarke is Associate Professor at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh
George Crowder is Professor in the School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
Peter de Marneffe is Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University, USA
Colin M. Macleod is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Victoria, Canada
Ruwen Ogien is Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, France
George Sher is Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Philosophy at Rice University, USA
Christine Sypnowich is Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Steven Wall is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, USA


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