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Single Idea 21117

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

Full Idea

The liberal theory of political community contains a moral thesis which says that members should share a moral concern for one another as free and equal citizens. …Citizens are not required to have much else in common with one another.

Gist of Idea

Liberal citizens have a moral requirement to respect freedom and equality


Andrew Shorten (Contemporary Political Theory [2016], 02)

A Reaction

A key thought. Liberal hearts swell with pride at the first half, but anti-liberals are interested in the second bit. If my neighbour lives in miserable poverty, should I only ask whether they are 'equal and free'? Respect everything!

Book Reference

Shorten,Andrew: 'Contemporary Political Theory' [Palgrave 2016], p.19