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Sanford Levinson, Melissa Williams, and Joel Parker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479812370

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479812370.001.0001

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The Role of Conservatism in Securing and Maintaining Just Moral Constitutions: Toward a Theory of Complex Normative Systems

The Role of Conservatism in Securing and Maintaining Just Moral Constitutions: Toward a Theory of Complex Normative Systems

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(p.256) 7 The Role of Conservatism in Securing and Maintaining Just Moral Constitutions: Toward a Theory of Complex Normative Systems
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American Conservatism
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Gerald Gaus

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479812370.003.0007

This chapter argues that conservatism is better positioned than liberal philosophy. A just liberal society is characterized by moral homogeneity about justice. If liberalism, or a liberal order, is identified with a specific “theory of justice” in this way, it must set itself up in opposition to competing “political theories” such as conservatism. A successful, triumphant, just liberal order has no place for conservatism as a popular political program, for the conservative rejects “the liberal theory of justice” and so cannot be a part of a well-ordered society based on it. The existence of a viable conservative party must indicate an incomplete or imperfect “collective commitment to justice.”

Keywords:   conservatism, liberal philosophy, liberal society, liberalism, liberal order

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