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Against Public Reason

Enoch, David

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In this chapter I make yet another attempt to explain why public-reason accounts are hopeless. I share the feeling that there are already in the literature strong reasons to reject specific public-reason accounts and perhaps that tradition more generally, but I think that more can be done—and that given the state of the field, more should be done. In this chapter, then, I try to develop some of the strongest, most general objections to public-reason accounts. For this reason, I do not focus on...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorEnoch, David
dc.contributor.editorDavid Sobel
dc.contributor.editorPeter Vallentyne
dc.contributor.editorSteven Wall
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:24:53Z
dc.identifier.isbn9780199669530
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/33183
dc.description.abstractIn this chapter I make yet another attempt to explain why public-reason accounts are hopeless. I share the feeling that there are already in the literature strong reasons to reject specific public-reason accounts and perhaps that tradition more generally, but I think that more can be done—and that given the state of the field, more should be done. In this chapter, then, I try to develop some of the strongest, most general objections to public-reason accounts. For this reason, I do not focus on the details of specific public-reason accounts, not even Rawls’s. Furthermore, in an attempt to get past the they-just-don’t-get-it predicament, I try to broaden my vision, and to place some of the controversies here in a wider philosophical context. Also, I try to pinpoint—from the point of view of  a  public-reason-skeptic—the underlying intuition that public-reason accounts get right, and to accommodate it without following them to their (unacceptable, I argue) conclusions
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.relation.ispartofOxford Studies in Political Philosophy
dc.relation.isversionof1 Edition
dc.source.urihttp://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/academic/philosophy/social/9780199669530.do
dc.titleAgainst Public Reason
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor220319 - Social Philosophy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5234012xPUB99
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationEnoch, David, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage112
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage142
local.identifier.absseo970122 - Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T09:00:23Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationUK
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