ideath (ideath) wrote in commonplacing,

Liberals and Communitarians, 2nd Ed.

These don't all have to be about politics. It's just the end of the quarter, you know. It's what i'm reading.
the withdrawal of the philosopher to his original position* represents his attempt to leave behind the role of citizen, to achieve the kind of standpoint that gives one's conclusions a status, as “truths”, superior to the mere opinions of one's political community.

Mulhall and Swift, re:Michael Walzer on John Rawls. Walzer says that political values are culturally specific, negotiated among a society. Seeking a "true" answer outside of the context of social negotiation will be taking a questionable position of power.

*The "original position" is part of Rawls's theory of justice; it's the decision-making position of a hypothetical individual who is asked to determine rules of social cooperation without knowing any of their own particulars. Some (that is, most thinking people i know) would object that this individual would have no basis for making decisions without cultural context. I guess that makes me a communitarian.
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