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What Is Political Philosophy?$
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Charles Larmore

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691179148

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691179148.001.0001

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The Relation between Political and Moral Philosophy

The Relation between Political and Moral Philosophy

(p.18) 1 The Relation between Political and Moral Philosophy
What Is Political Philosophy?

Charles Larmore

Princeton University Press

This chapter talks about the pervasive conflict on what should count as the terms of social cooperation, such as the need for authoritative, enforceable rules that constitute the elementary facts of political life. It discusses the disagreement about the nature of right and good, specific moral questions, and features of the good or just society as the most enduring and polarizing sources of social discord. It also characterizes one of the roles of a conception of justice that shows how to adjudicate conflicts among the members of society. The chapter also explains disagreements that often consist of one person merely holding different views. It illustrates a common experience in some parts of the world in which people enjoy freedom of thought and expression and reasoning about ethical matters that goes beyond platitudes.

Keywords:   pervasive conflict, social cooperation, political life, social discord, freedom of thought, ethical

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