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Zhuoyao Li

Recent discussions by Martha Nussbaum and Steven Wall shed new light on the concept of reasonableness in political liberalism and whether the inclusion of epistemic elements in the concept necessarily makes political liberalism lose its antiperfectionist appeal. This article argues that Nussbaum’s radical solution to eliminate the epistemic component of reasonableness is neither helpful nor necessary. Instead, adopting a revised understanding of epistemic reasonableness in terms of a weak view of rationality that is procedural, external and second-order rather than a strong view that is substantial, internal and first-order can help political liberalism maintain an epistemic dimension in the idea of reasonableness without becoming perfectionist. In addition, political liberalism can defend a stronger account of respect for persons against liberal perfectionism on the basis of the revised understanding of epistemic reasonableness. Both arguments serve to demonstrate the strength of the political liberal project.

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Tomas Max Martin

Ugandan prison staff both criticize and welcome human rights as a reform agenda that brings about insecurity as well as tangible improvements. In practice, human rights discourse is malleable enough for prison officers to cobble together a take on human rights that enables them to embrace the concept. The analysis of the emic notion of “reasonable caning” illustrates this malleability as staff concurrently take stands against inhumane violence and continue to legitimize caning while aligning with human rights. Human rights are locally negotiated, and it is argued that human rights reform cannot simply be analyzed as a submissive or opposing reaction to the top-down export of powerful global discourses. The embrace of human rights that unfolds in Ugandan prisons is rather a productive and multifaceted effort by prison officers to get purchase on legal technologies and reconceptualizations of prison management practices that affect their lives.

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The Challenges of Brexit and COVID

Around Christmas 2020, a deal featuring the “reasonable” divorce between the United Kingdom and the European Union was announced by representatives from both sides. This far-reaching political event—based, from the British side, on an ideology for

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Bertjan Wolthuis

is a ‘freestanding’ view (compatible with reasonable comprehensive moral/religious doctrines) (Rawls 1993: 11) . To apply a general morality to the political in a straightforward fashion would not solve the problem liberal democracies are intended to

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Enemies of the people

Theorizing dispossession and mirroring conspiracy in the Republic of Georgia

Katrine Bendtsen Gotfredsen

-Rose Revolution decade should have brought national and personal prosperity and self-determination, this is far from the everyday experience of a large part of the population. Against this backdrop conspiracy and suspicion continue to provide a very reasonable and

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Steve Kwok-Leung Chan

potential employers by giving the victims false hope of a good job and the illusion of a reasonable reward. But upon arrival they are forced into the 3D industry, with their passport being kept by the employers, thereby prohibiting them from escaping the

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Welcome to “Planet Porno”

Masculinity, Sexuality, and Fitness Doping

Jesper Andreasson and Thomas Johansson

addiction and deviance. There is a delicate balance between the sexual and bodily urges and desires, on the one hand, and loss of control, on the other. Living in a pornographic imaginary can also result in a loss of reasonable contact with the world outside

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The Relationship Between France and the United States

Reflections for an American Audience

Lionel Jospin

Since the relationship between France and the United States is going through a difficult period, we must find opportunities to talk things over.

It is true that it is not always easy to broach the subject of this relationship between the US and France in a balanced and reasonable way. We idealize its past and blacken its present.

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Julia de Kadt, Laurence Piper, Michael Lambert, Kevin A. Morrisson, Michael Phillips, and Lance Lachenicht

Political Topographies of the African State, by Catherine Boone Julia de Kadt

Toleration, Neutrality and Democracy, edited by Dario Castiglione and Catriona McKinnon Laurence Piper

The Culture of Toleration in Diverse Societies: Reasonable Tolerance, edited by Catriona McKinnon and Dario Castiglione Laurence Piper

Democracy, edited by David Estlund Laurence Piper

War and Gender, by Joshua S. Goldstein Michael Lambert

The Uncanny, by Nicholas Royle Kevin A. Morrisson

Political Reconciliation, by Andrew Schaap Michael Phillips

The Illusion of Conscious Will, by Daniel M. Wegner Lance Lachenicht

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Fred D’Agostino

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.