Consensus on what? Convergence for what? Four models of political liberalism

Gerald Gaus, Chad Van Schoelandt

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As we read his work, John Rawls was developing an innovative approach to political philosophy, and Political Liberalism struggles with different ways to model these new insights. This article presents four models of political liberalism, particularly focusing on understanding the nature of overlapping consensus and its relation to public reason. Beyond clarifying Rawls’s insights, we aim to spur readers to reassemble the rich elements of Political Liberalism to produce tractable and enlighteningmodels of political life among free and equal citizens under conditions of deep diversity to advance the public reason project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-172
Number of pages28
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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