Political Liberalism, Civic Education, and Educational Choice

Davis, Gordon; Neufeld, Blain
January 2007
Social Theory & Practice;Jan2007, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p47
Academic Journal
This article shows that the arguments advanced by Amy Gutmann and Eamonn Callan are flawed in certain critical respects, and that the convergence thesis in any case cannot do justice to the distinctiveness of political liberalism. The first argument is based on the mistaken premise that political liberals and comprehensive liberals are both committed to the same conception of mutual respect. The second argument advanced in favor of the convergence thesis is equally flawed: careful consideration of Callan's arguments demonstrates that his claims about the linkages between political deliberation and personal autonomy are incomplete.


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