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1. Rice, Sean R. Convergence Liberalism and the Limits of State Coercive Power: A Case Against the Public Justification Principle.

Degree: MA, Philosophy, 2019, Georgia State University

Kevin Vallier defends a theory of the normative limits of the use of coercion by the state known as convergence liberalism. Central to this theory is a principle of public justification according to which the coercive power of the state is justified and legitimate if and only if each member of the public has sufficient reason to endorse the coercion. I argue that this principle is too demanding. Certain epistemological limitations render cost-benefit analyses of many, if not all, laws and policies inconclusive. This, together with the fact of evaluative pluralism, make it the case that very few coercive laws and regulations will be publicly justified. The result is that convergence liberalism threatens to obstruct the state’s capacity to protect the environment and address preventable forms of injustice. Advisors/Committee Members: Dr. Andrew J. Cohen, Dr. Christie Hartley.

Subjects/Keywords: Public reason liberalism; Convergence liberalism; Kevin Vallier; Gerald Gaus; Public justification; Political Legitimacy

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APA (6th Edition):

Rice, S. R. (2019). Convergence Liberalism and the Limits of State Coercive Power: A Case Against the Public Justification Principle. (Thesis). Georgia State University. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/philosophy_theses/267

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Rice, Sean R. “Convergence Liberalism and the Limits of State Coercive Power: A Case Against the Public Justification Principle.” 2019. Thesis, Georgia State University. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/philosophy_theses/267.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Rice, Sean R. “Convergence Liberalism and the Limits of State Coercive Power: A Case Against the Public Justification Principle.” 2019. Web. 24 Aug 2019.

Vancouver:

Rice SR. Convergence Liberalism and the Limits of State Coercive Power: A Case Against the Public Justification Principle. [Internet] [Thesis]. Georgia State University; 2019. [cited 2019 Aug 24]. Available from: https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/philosophy_theses/267.

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Council of Science Editors:

Rice SR. Convergence Liberalism and the Limits of State Coercive Power: A Case Against the Public Justification Principle. [Thesis]. Georgia State University; 2019. Available from: https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/philosophy_theses/267

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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