Agreement, All the Way Up: An Essay on Public Reason and Theory Choice

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Title:
Agreement, All the Way Up: An Essay on Public Reason and Theory Choice
Author:
Kogelmann, Brian J.
Issue Date:
2017
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
This dissertation offers novel contributions to two distinct but related projects, what I call the first-order public reason liberalism project and the second-order public reason liberalism project. The first-order project is concerned with those disagreements among competent moral agents and the conflicts they may induce: is there a way such disagreements can be adjudicated in a manner endorsable by all leading to social cooperation rather than conflict? The second-order project is concerned with those disagreements among public reason theorists: is there one articulation of the public reason project all theorists can come to agree on as best? After articulating the second-order public reason project this dissertation offers a novel contribution to the first-order public reason project by proposing that our disagreements are best adjudicated according to a polycentric model of governance; hopefully a novel polycentric way of organizing our social and political lives can garner the endorsement of all public reason theorists, thus resolving our second-order public reason project. After showing that this hypothesis cannot convincingly be vindicated, the dissertation offers reflections on the current state of the public reason liberalism research program, offering both an indictment of how it currently proceeds and a proposal for remedying such failures.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Philosophy
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Gaus, Gerald

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dc.titleAgreement, All the Way Up: An Essay on Public Reason and Theory Choiceen_US
dc.creatorKogelmann, Brian J.en
dc.contributor.authorKogelmann, Brian J.en
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation offers novel contributions to two distinct but related projects, what I call the first-order public reason liberalism project and the second-order public reason liberalism project. The first-order project is concerned with those disagreements among competent moral agents and the conflicts they may induce: is there a way such disagreements can be adjudicated in a manner endorsable by all leading to social cooperation rather than conflict? The second-order project is concerned with those disagreements among public reason theorists: is there one articulation of the public reason project all theorists can come to agree on as best? After articulating the second-order public reason project this dissertation offers a novel contribution to the first-order public reason project by proposing that our disagreements are best adjudicated according to a polycentric model of governance; hopefully a novel polycentric way of organizing our social and political lives can garner the endorsement of all public reason theorists, thus resolving our second-order public reason project. After showing that this hypothesis cannot convincingly be vindicated, the dissertation offers reflections on the current state of the public reason liberalism research program, offering both an indictment of how it currently proceeds and a proposal for remedying such failures.en
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dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en
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thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorGaus, Geralden
dc.contributor.committeememberGaus, Geralden
dc.contributor.committeememberWall, Stevenen
dc.contributor.committeememberSchmidtz, Daviden
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