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Single Idea 21115

[catalogued under 25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 6. Liberalism]

Full Idea

Communitarians say that liberalism could only justified by appealing to controversial assumptions that are not universally shared, such as the significance of choosing one's own plan of life.

Gist of Idea

Liberalism should not make assumptions such as the value of choosing your own life plan


Andrew Shorten (Contemporary Political Theory [2016], 01)

A Reaction

In the past, at least, huge numbers of people have been perfectly happy living a life designed for them by their parents. It is not much consolation for a disastrous life that at least you planned it yourself. Liberal values are not self-evident.

Book Reference

Shorten,Andrew: 'Contemporary Political Theory' [Palgrave 2016], p.8