On justificatory liberalism

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In a number of publications, Gerald Gaus has presented an ambitious account of political morality that gives the ideal of public justification pride of place. This article critically discusses Gaus's characterization and defense of the ideal of public justification in politics. It also presents an account and an argument in support of first-person political justification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-149
Number of pages27
JournalPolitics, Philosophy and Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2010


  • Adjudication
  • Coercion
  • First-person standpoint
  • Interference
  • Justification
  • Moral reasons
  • Public reason
  • Rationality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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