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Discussion

Death and Consensus Liberalism

03.14.2023

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Jeremy Williams

This event is for invited participants only and is not open to the public.

At this event, Jeremy Williams (Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Birmingham) will focus on the determination of death in the context of Rawlsian consensus liberalism, which requires that the justification of coercive laws be formulated without reliance on reasonably rejectable claims about the basic nature and value of human survival. Fundamental political problems are not always susceptible to resolution by public deliberation conducted within these constraints. Forbidding democratic engagement between rival comprehensive doctrines can prevent citizens from resolving fundamental problems of justice through the use of reason, and public reason can require picking political arrangements in an intolerably arbitrary way.