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Jeremy Waldron on Consensus - Dictionary of Arguments

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Consensus/agreement/liberalism/Waldron: One may emphasize the idea of an ‘overlapping consensus’ – a variety of justificatory paths from disparate philosophical premises to a plateau of liberal principles. (This is Rawls’s view (...).)
Another may opt for a ‘lowest common denominator’ approach, emphasizing justificatory premises that all members of a pluralist society may be presumed to accept, whatever the differences in their ethics or world view. And the phrase ‘may be presumed to accept’ may be glossed in various ways, ranging from the idea of universally accessible reasons and reasoning to some fairly aggressive account of basic human interests, like the survivalist account developed by Hobbes (1991)(1). >Overlapping consensus/Rawls, >Overlapping consensus/Waldron.


1. Hobbes, Thomas (1991 [1651]) Leviathan, ed. Richard Tuck. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Waldron, Jeremy 2004. „Liberalism, Political and Comprehensive“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications.


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Waldron, Jeremy
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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