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Modus vivendi, overlapping consensus and stability

Keywords: human actions, imperatives, logic, moral principles, rules, pragmatics, verificationist.

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in this paper, i show how the political theory of a non-liberal giant of the western philosophy canon, hobbes, can be interpreted as having a commitment to some form of neutrality. in recognizing the role neutrality plays in hobbes's thought we come to see that a neutrality requirement is not exclusive to liberalism. beyond this, however, i intend to show that consideration of hobbes in this context reveals certain helpful points of comparison with rawls's later work that raise concerns about the viability of his political liberalism. i argue that rawls's political liberalism, while not a modus vivendi solution to political justification, is ill suited for the securing stability.


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