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Sheldon S. Wolin and Nicholas Xenos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691133645

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691133645.001.0001

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The Liberal/Democratic Divide

The Liberal/Democratic Divide

On Rawls’s Political Liberalism

(p.260) Chapter 13 The Liberal/Democratic Divide
Fugitive Democracy

Sheldon S. Wolin

, Nicholas Xenos
Princeton University Press

This chapter explores John Rawls's notion of the political by asking what kind of politics it promotes or encourages. It does so by raising what is for Rawls a nonquestion of the status of democracy within his version of liberalism. And because his Political Liberalism is a work of political philosophy, it comments on its conception of that vocation and its relation to a democratic politics. Although that too may appear to be another non-Rawlsian question, it goes to the difference between liberalism and democracy and to the question of how it is possible to theorize democracy without resorting to anti-or undemocratic impositions; or, if it is possible, whether Rawlsian constructivism and its sovereign theorist are the way to do it.

Keywords:   John Rawls, Political Liberalism, political theory, political philosophy, democracy, liberalism, constructivism

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