Value and Justification
The Foundations of Liberal Theory
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Value and Justification by Gerald F. Gaus
Book DescriptionThis important new book takes as its points of departure two questions: What is the nature of valuing? and What morality can be justified in a society that deeply disagrees on what is truly valuable? In Part One, the author develops a theory of value that attempts to reconcile reason with passions. Part Two explores how this theory of value grounds our commitment to moral action. The author argues that rational moral action can neither be seen as a way of simply maximising one's own values, nor derived from reason independent of one's values. Rather, our commitment to the moral point of view is presupposed by our value systems. The book concludes with a defense of liberal political morality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521397339
(216mm x 138mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jul-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gerald F. Gaus
Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy, Hardback (October 2012)
This comprehensive work provides an up-to-date survey of social and political philosophy, charting its history and key figures and movements, and addressing enduring questions as well as contemporary research.
Order of Public Reason, Hardback (December 2010)
Gerald Gaus shows how a free society can secure a moral equilibrium endorsed by all, and how a just state respects such an equilibrium.
Contemporary Theories of Liberalism, Paperback (April 2003)
Provides students with a comprehensive overview of the key tenets of liberalism developed through Hobbes, Locke, Kant and Rawls to contemporary theories and debates. This text introduces and explores dominant theories of public reason, namely, pluralism, Neo-Hobbesianism, pragmatism, deliberative democracy, and political democracy.
Social Philosophy, Paperback (September 1998)» View all books by Gerald F. Gaus
This introductory work discusses how people function in a pluralistic society and how they can accept a common social ethic - a publically justified morality. It presents straightforward analyses of the basic concepts, including justifications of liberty.
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