Liberal Perfectionism: The Reasons that Goodness Gives

Couto, Alexandra (2014) Liberal Perfectionism: The Reasons that Goodness Gives. Practical Philosophy . De Gruyter, 218 pp. ISBN 978-3-11-033695-5. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Much of the recent literature on political perfectionism has focused on dealing with objections to this view. This book adopts a different approach: It attempts to highlight the intuitive appeal of liberal perfectionism by presenting a positive prima facie argument in its favour. The book starts by clarifying the relation between political perfectionism — a conception of politics — and prudential perfectionism and ethical perfectionism — a conception of the good life, and a type of ethical theory. It is crucial to start by selecting a plausible form of ethical perfectionism, as it makes an important difference to the plausibility of the political conception based upon it. Once appropriate distinctions are drawn and a plausible form of liberal perfectionism is endorsed, many of the standard objections to perfectionism are shown to fail to reach their target. Different arguments in favour of liberal perfectionism are then proposed and critically examined, but the resilience of some pragmatic arguments against liberal perfectionism is conceded. The book ends by showing that perfectionism can be surprisingly relevant for discussions of social justice and proceeds to draw a sketch of the perfectionist implications for questions of distributive justice.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Liberal perfectionism, political philosophy, Raz
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Philosophy
Depositing User: Alexandra Couto
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 13:56 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 11:32 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/63992 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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