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By Jan Narveson, Susan Dimock

No concept is extra passionately and greatly outlined, or decried, than is liberalism in modern Anglo-American philosophy. yet what's this conception, on which loads ink is spilled? This selection of unique essays via prime experts in political philosophy, criminal conception, and economics bargains solutions to that query, by way of exploring the theoretical commitments of liberals and a few of the sensible implications in their view. one of the subject matters explored is the excellence among liberalism and conservatism, and the measure to which liberals needs to be dedicated to neutrality, individualism, equality, freedom, and a contractarian conception of justification. the sensible implications of liberalism are additional tested by means of concerns of the correct function of the liberal country in venture egalitarian redistribution, the availability of public items, and retributive punishment.
The papers assembled through Narveson and Dimock might be of profit to somebody operating within the components of political philosophy, political idea, or political economics.

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Ch. 8. 11. David Gauthier, Morals by Agreement (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986), p. 205. 12. St. 7, in Paul E. Sigmund, trans. , Saint Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics (New York: W. W. Norton, 1988), p. 72. 13. Reported in The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 24, 1998, p. A18. The figures are from the American Census Bureau. [40] •~, 'II1II" The Journal of Value Inquiry 34: 189-206, 2000. © 2000 Kluwer Academic Publishers. 189 Liberal Neutrality SUSAN DIMOCK Department of Philosophy, York University, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P 3, Canada 1.

Though an important development in political theory, this was not enough to establish liberalism; after all, Hobbes had similar insights. An instrumental conception of justification gave rise to liberalism only when it was conjoined with recognition of value plurality as a fact ofthe human predicament. 2 Liberalism depended for its ascendancy upon the shift from a homogeneous to a pluralistic set of values held by individuals in society. Plurality gave rise to the recognition that individuals can find fulfillment in different ways, pursuing disparate ends.

Opportunity cannot be equal. More basically, why must anyone provide opportunities for anyone at all? Prima facie, there is no liberal reason [33] 182 JAN NARVESON for this, and so even less reason why such provision should be by forcible measures. Empirical issues crop up frequently in discussions ofthese matters, especially economic issues. For example, contemporary welfare liberals tend to assume that there will be high unemployment in a free labor market, unemployment which is not due to any shortcomings of the unemployed, or to side effects of the very policies they are concerned to promote.

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