John Rawls: Between Two Enlightenments

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dc.contributor.author Frazer, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-06T13:35:37Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Frazer, Michael. 2007. John Rawls: Between two enlightenments. Political Theory 35, no. 6: 756-780. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0090-5917 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3342972
dc.description.abstract John Rawls shares the Enlightenment’s commitment to finding moral and political principles which can be reflectively endorsed by all individuals autonomously. He usually presents reflective autonomy in Kantian, rationalist terms: autonomy is identified with the exercise of reason, and principles of justice must be constructed which are acceptable to all on the basis of reason alone. Yet David Hume, Adam Smith and many other Enlightenment thinkers rejected such rationalism, searching instead for principles which can be endorsed by all on the basis of all the faculties of the human psyche, emotion and imagination included. The influence of these sentimentalists on Rawls is clearest in his descriptive moral psychology, but I argue that it is also present in Rawls’s understanding of the sources of normativity. Although this debt is obscured by Rawls’s explicit “Kantianism,” his theory would be strengthened by a greater understanding of its debts to the sentimentalist Enlightenment. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Government en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0090591707307325 en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.subject John Rawls en_US
dc.subject Immanuel Kant en_US
dc.subject David Hume en_US
dc.subject psychology en_US
dc.subject normativity en_US
dc.title John Rawls: Between Two Enlightenments en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Political Theory en_US
dash.depositing.author Frazer, Michael
dc.date.available 2009-10-06T13:35:37Z

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