Regarding Equality: Rethinking Contemporary Theories of Citizenship, Freedom, and the Limits of Moral Pluralism

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Lexington Books, 2002 - Philosophy - 145 pages
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Regarding Equality offers an innovative and controversial analysis of the relationship between equality and pluralism. Tackling an issue central to modern political thought, Freeberg highlights the struggle to characterize citizens as equals while respecting their moral, religious, and cultural diversity. The work ably contrasts and critiques the prevailing models for balancing equality with pluralism from thinkers Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum, John Rawls, Amy Gutmann, Dennis Thompson, Michael Oakeshott, and Drucilla Cornell. From these liberal, democratic, and conservative approaches to equality and pluralism, Freeberg builds a theory of responsive regard: reciprocal civility between citizens that forms a chastened conception of what we share as free and equal persons. This work will greatly add to political theorists' and philosophers' arsenals of concepts for egalitarian and democratic theory.
 

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Contents

Liberal Equality
33
Democratic Equality
51
Strong Pluralism and Moral Incommensurability
73
Agency and Equal Regard
95
Toward Responsive Regard
109
Bibliography
137
Introduction
xiii
Patriarch of the Sierra Norte de Puebla 1
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Dodging Blows on and off the Soccer Field 15
15
The RoughandTumble Career of Pedro Crespo 27
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73
The Life of a Bolivian Peasant during
89
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Ellen Freeberg teaches in the Graduate Faculty at New School University.

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