Public Reason

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[Revised entry by Jonathan Quong on April 20, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
Public reason requires that the moral or political rules that regulate our common life be, in some sense, justifiable or acceptable to all those persons over whom the rules purport to have authority. It is an idea with roots in the work of Hobbes, Kant, and Rousseau, and has become increasingly influential in contemporary moral and political philosophy as a result of its development in the work of John Rawls, Jurgen Habermas, and Gerald Gaus, among others. Proponents of public reason often present the idea as an implication of a particular…

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