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Liberalism in Context

Richard H. Dees
Polity
Vol. 25, No. 4 (Summer, 1993), pp. 565-582
DOI: 10.2307/3235122
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3235122
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

The recent work of John Rawls suggests that political justification should be tied closely to political contexts, but Rawls has been reluctant to examine the context in which liberalism is both possible and desirable. This article pursues this "practical turn" in Rawls's work and explores what is to be gained by accepting a contextual justification of liberal institutions. The author argues that such an acceptance would shift the liberal-communitarian debate to a more promising level, as well as provide a fuller understanding of liberal institutions and practices themselves.

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