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Conflict in Political Liberalism: Judith Shklar’s Liberalism of Fear

DOI zum Zitieren der Version auf EPub Bayreuth: https://doi.org/10.15495/EPub_UBT_00005359
URN to cite this document: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-5359-4

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Kaufmann, Katharina:
Conflict in Political Liberalism: Judith Shklar’s Liberalism of Fear.
In: Res Publica. Vol. 26 (2020) Issue 4 . - pp. 577-595.
ISSN 1572-8692
DOI der Verlagsversion: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11158-020-09475-z

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Abstract

Realists and non-ideal theorists currently criticise Rawlsian mainstream liberalism for its inability to address injustice and political conflict, as a result of the subordination of political philosophy to moral theory (Bernard Williams), as well as an idealising and abstract methodology (Charles W. Mills). Seeing that liberalism emerged as a theory for the protection of the individual from conflict and injustice, these criticisms aim at the very core of liberalism as a theory of the political and therefore deserve close analysis. I will defend Judith N. Shklar’s liberalism of fear as an answer to these challenges. I will argue that the liberalism of fear maintains realism’s conflictual and inherently political thrust while also integrating a perspective on injustice. I will defend the claim that in contrast to the two aforementioned criticisms, the liberalism of fear develops its own normative standard from which political arrangements can be assessed. It does so by replacing the idealising approach to political philosophy with a non-utopian methodology, which opens a negative perspective on what is to be avoided in the political sphere, and how to detect and deal with injustice. Due to this standard, it is a liberal theory that is uniquely able to meet the realist and non-ideal challenge.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Keywords: Realism; Liberalism; Non-ideal theory; Judith N. Shklar; Injustice
DDC Subjects: 100 Philosophy and psychology > 100 Philosophy
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Philosophy > Junior Professor Political Philosophy > Junior Professor Political Philosophy - Juniorprof. Dr. Alice Pinheiro Walla
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Philosophy
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Philosophy > Junior Professor Political Philosophy
Language: English
Originates at UBT: Yes
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-5359-4
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2021 11:02
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2021 11:02
URI: https://epub.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/5359

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