Over the last week, I’ve been mulling over our extended discussion of public reason liberalism. In response to Andrew’s post, I thought I’d try to distinguish between contract liberalisms (of which PRL is a variant) and alternatives to further focus on what is at stake.
I’ll begin with assumptions liberals share. […]
I think that libertarian hostility to Hobbes has blinded them to one of his deepest insights, an insight that in many ways makes him less authoritarian than many of the libertarians I know.
I. Hobbes and the Problem of Private Judgment
First, I recommend this on Hobbes’s moral and political philosophy.
I think the right political theory is some form of contractualism. In this post, I will explain what I mean by contractualism and address some common but confused objections to it. I will partly summarize the main points in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entries on Contractualism, Contractarianism and Contemporary Approaches to […]
In this post, my aim is to identify political philosophy’s fundamental question. Yes, I want to attempt this in a blog post, so my answer will undoubtedly be radically incomplete. But I believe I can sketch a brief case for why the social contract theorists got it right. If we understand why, I believe […]
Our discussion of the connection between eudaimonism, contractualism and libertarianism continues, and now good ole’ Will Wilkinson has joined it. Will makes two basic points in his post: (i) eudaimonism is false so it’s not going to help much in grounding self-ownership or contractualism and (ii) the best reason to be a contractualist […]