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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

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

, Nicholas Xenos
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691133645.003.0013

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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