Social Justice in the Liberal State

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Yale University Press, 1980 - Law - 392 pages
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Offers a compelling vision of how to achieve and conduct a liberal but democratic society through the ideal of Neutrality--between people and ideas of the good--and using the tool of Neutral dialogue.
  

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Contents

THE LIBERAL STATE
3
Culture and Right
4
3 Constrained Power Talk
8
Neutrality and Convergence
10
Is Liberalism Consistent?
12
Liberalism and Equal Respect
15
Finishing the Conversation
17
Technologies of Justice
19
The Place of Education in Liberal Theory
163
FREE EXCHANGE
168
Transactional Flexibility
170
TransmitterShields for All
174
Free Speech Free Competition Free Love
177
A General Theory of Initial Entitlements
180
The Liberal Critique of Individualist Property
186
The Liberal Critique of Collectivism
189

Overview of the Argument
24
WEALTH
31
Rationality
34
Neutrality
43
13 The Pursuit of Happiness
45
The Case for Initial Equality
53
Conversational Presuppositions
59
Uniqueness
66
CITIZENSHIP
69
Dialogic Performance
70
Behavioral Requirements
80
From Necessary to Sufficient Conditions
88
The Citizen as Commander
96
Citizenship in Liberal Theory
99
JUSTICE OVER TIME
105
BIRTHRIGHTS
107
First and Last
109
Trusteeship
111
Genetic Manipulation
113
Undominated Diversity
120
Adoption Abortion Infanticide
124
Birth Defects
129
Genetic Manipulation in Liberal Theory
133
LIBERAL EDUCATION
139
The Place of the Family
140
Abuse and Neglect
143
The Decline of Parental Authority
146
The Liberal Principle
150
The Role of the School in Liberal Theory
154
Liberal Solutions
190
Consent and Utility in Transactional Theory
195
TRUSTEESHIP
201
A Simple Model
202
The Problem of Continuity
207
Irreplaceable Resources
212
Population Control
217
Justice over Time
221
FROM IDEAL TO REALITY
229
EXPLOITATION
231
Equal Sacrifice
237
Exploitation and Affirmative Action
240
Exploitation and Overall Budget Size
250
The Appeal to General Advantage
257
Capitalism Socialism Liberalism
261
Philosophical Foundations for Liberal Activism
264
LIBERAL DEMOCRACY
273
The Pure Problem of GoodFaith Disagreement
274
Civil Disobedience and the Limits of Majority Rule
293
Tyranny
301
Alternative Foundations for Liberal Democracy
313
FIRST PRINCIPLES
325
CONTRACT UTILITY NEUTRALITY
327
Battle Weariness
335
Individual and Community in Liberal Thought
345
DIALOGUE
349
Beyond Monologue
355
Index
379
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About the author (1980)

Bruce Ackerman is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University, and the author or coauthor of more than fifteen books on political philosophy, constitutional law, and public policy, including "Social Justice in the Liberal State, The Stakeholder Society, "and" Deliberation Day," all published by Yale University Press.