Rawls and Gaus on the Idea of Public Reason

JVF Conference Papers

Whereas the original position had played the starring role in John Rawls’s systematic and widely influential A Theory of Justice, that role is now clearly occupied, in his theory of political liberalism, by the idea of public reason. This is nowhere more evident than in Rawls’s most recent elaboration of political liberalism in “The Idea of Public Reason Revisited,” where even the notion of the overlapping consensus – one of the main signposts of Rawls’s political turn – is discussed only in passing.The original position is hardly mentioned at all...

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