The Possibility of Public Reason

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In this paper, I am going to consider the important idea of public reason, which has associations with many other ideas of ethico-political importance – e.g. those of legitimacy and obligation. Crudely, this idea demands, at least in principle, that no collectively binding coercively enforced system of social arrangements is legitimate, and hence morally obligates citizens to conformity with its requirements, unless it is reasonable from every point of view.


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