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Public Reason Liberalism

Jerry Gaus, Jun 03, 2019

In my E-Learning 3.0 course I advanced the idea of "community as consensus". This article (22 page PDF) allows us to look at some of the historical roots of that idea, as found in social contract theory (in, eg., Hobbes, Locke and Rawls), of 'public reason', that is, when people disagree "a cooperative and just social life requires that they abandon their private judgment about their claims and submit to the public reason of impartial justice." This in turn allows me to consider how exactly how (or whether) modern consensus algorithms are a departure from (and maybe an advance on?) traditional social contract theory.

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