Liberalism, Perfectionism, and Civic Virtue

Pauer-Studer, Herlinde (2001) Liberalism, Perfectionism, and Civic Virtue. Philosophical Explorations, 4 (3). pp. 174-192.


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This paper explores the question whether perfectionism amounts to a political doctrine that is more attractive than liberalism. I try to show that an egalitarian liberalism that is open to questions of value and that holds a conception of limited neutrality can meet the perfectionist challenge. My thesis is that liberalism can be reconciled easily with perfectionism read as a moral doctrine. Perfectionism as a political doctrine equall stays within the value framework of liberalism. Finally, I try to show that liberalism can give an account of civic virtue that is a sufficient basis for developing the normative guidelines of a rich and meaningful social life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Liberalismus, Perfektionismus, Tugend, Moralbegründung
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Institutionen > Institut für Philosophie, Wien
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Angewandte Ethik > Sozialethik, Rechtsethik, Wirtschaftsethik, Politische Ethik, Medien- und Informationsethik
Depositing User: Sissi Kemp
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:50

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