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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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Political Liberalism and Legitimacy

Political Liberalism and Legitimacy

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What Is Political Philosophy?

Charles Larmore

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the phenomenon of reasonable disagreement, which is an idea that can seem paradoxical because of the philosophical tradition that leads inevitably to the convergence of opinion. It analyzes the conception of political legitimacy that follows the fundamental principles of political society as they are coercive in nature. It discusses liberalism that is seen more clearly than past conceptions about the true task of political philosophy due to the reflective culture imbued with historical self-awareness. The chapter also provides a clear view of the fundamental problems confronting political society. It reviews political liberalism, which is understood as a form of liberal theory that is different from classical liberalism and becomes a vigorous area of philosophical reflection.

Keywords:   reasonable disagreement, philosophical tradition, political legitimacy, political society, political liberalism, political philosophy

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