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Liberalism and the Defence of Political Constructivism


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Catriona McKinnon
    Pages 29-56
  3. Catriona McKinnon
    Pages 57-81
  4. Catriona McKinnon
    Pages 83-121
  5. Catriona McKinnon
    Pages 123-145
  6. Catriona McKinnon
    Pages 147-149
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 151-188

About this book


Contemporary liberal political justification is often accused of preaching to the converted: liberal principles are acceptable only to people already committed to liberal values. Catriona McKinnon addresses this important criticism by arguing that self-respect and its social conditions should be placed at the heart of the liberal approach to justification. A commitment to self-respect delivers a commitment to the liberal values of toleration and public reason, but self-respect itself is not an exclusively liberal value.


criticism Defence John Rawls

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of YorkUK

About the authors

CATRIONA MCKINNON is Lecturer in Political Philosophy at the University of York. She is the co-editor of The Demands of Citizenship and The Culture of Toleration in Diverse Societies: Reasonable Tolerance, and is the editor of the journal Imprints: A Journal of Analytical Socialism.

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