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1. Young, Shaun Patrick. The viability of the concept of political liberalism .

Degree: 2009, University of South Africa

This thesis examines the viability of the concept of political liberalism. Since its emergence, the idea of a purely political liberalism has been the subject of a voluminous amount of discourse and debate. The concept of political liberalism has been presented as both a solution to the problems of justice and political stability troubling liberal democracies and an exemplar of all that is wrong with contemporary political philosophy; it has, quite literally, altered the landscape and the vernacular of contemporary political theory. Herein it is argued that, despite the significant amount of literature that has been devoted to the analysis of the idea of a purely political liberalism, the idea itself has yet to be subjected to the type of critique that is required if one is to assess its viability effectively. Though there have been a number of contemporary political theorists who have developed conceptions of political liberalism which they believe differ in important ways from those of their doctrinal colleagues, detailed analyses of the concept of political liberalism have and remain focussed almost exclusively on a single formulation: namely, Rawlsian political liberalism. This singular focus has precluded the completion of a comprehensive assessment of the viability of the concept (as opposed to a single conception) of political liberalism as represented both by Rawlsian and non-Rawlsian models. This thesis confronts this problem by expanding the scope of investigation to include a fulsome examination of other prominent paradigmatic conceptions of political liberalism namely, those developed by Charles Larmore and Judith Shklar and in so doing provides a more inclusive and, subsequently, thorough critique than has previously been offered. Adopting such an approach reveals that, despite protestations to the contrary, the prominent paradigmatic conceptions of political liberalism are sufficiently similar in all important respects to enable their conflation for the purpose of analysis; and when subjected to a thorough analysis, the idea of a purely political liberalism proves itself to be untenable. Advisors/Committee Members: Kant, Sarita Louise (advisor), Preez Louw, Andre du, 1935- (advisor), Faure, A. M (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Political hberalism; Political stability; Justice; Reasonable disagreement; Reasonableness; Equal respect; Pluralism; Neutrality; Politcal power; Overlapping consensus

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APA (6th Edition):

Young, S. P. (2009). The viability of the concept of political liberalism . (Doctoral Dissertation). University of South Africa. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10500/896

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Young, Shaun Patrick. “The viability of the concept of political liberalism .” 2009. Doctoral Dissertation, University of South Africa. Accessed November 12, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10500/896.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Young, Shaun Patrick. “The viability of the concept of political liberalism .” 2009. Web. 12 Nov 2019.

Vancouver:

Young SP. The viability of the concept of political liberalism . [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Africa; 2009. [cited 2019 Nov 12]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/896.

Council of Science Editors:

Young SP. The viability of the concept of political liberalism . [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of South Africa; 2009. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/896

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