[SydPhil] CORRECTION: Philosophy @ UNSW, Next Tuesday: Dr Thomas Besch

Joanne Faulkner j.faulkner at unsw.edu.au
Tue Mar 5 17:01:12 AEDT 2013


Please note that due to building works the time and venue of Thomas Besch's talk next week has changed, as below.

Date:               Tuesday 12 March
Time:              12:30 p.m.
Venue:           Mathews bldg. Rm 210, University of NSW
                        (map reference F23<http://www.facilities.unsw.edu.au/sites/all/files/page_file_attachment/KENC%20-%20Campus%20Map%2008-02-2013.pdf>)

Dr Thomas Besch (University of Sydney)

Political Liberalism, The Internal Conception, and The Problem of Public Dogma
According to the “internal” conception (Quong), political liberalism aims to be publicly justifiable only to people who are reasonable in a sense specified and advocated by political liberalism itself. One advantage of the internal conception allegedly is that it enables liberalism to avoid perfectionism. The paper takes issue with this view. It argues that once the internal conception is duly pitched at its fundamental, metatheoretical level and placed in its proper discursive context, it emerges that it comes at the cost of public dogma. The paper examines this problem and argues that a plausible response to this problem is to go beyond the internal conception and adopt a more inclusive, dynamic conception. But this calls for a form of perfectionism. Thus, the internal conception of political liberalism, far from showing how liberalism can be had without perfectionism, effectively calls for perfectionism as a remedy for its problems.

Thomas Besch lectures in Philosophy at the University of Sydney, and his areas of research include contemporary political and moral philosophy. He has published articles in Dialogue, European Journal of Philosophy, and Journal of Value Inquiry, among other journals, and, in German language, a book on the philosophy of John Rawls.

Dr Joanne Faulkner, j.faulkner at unsw.edu.au<mailto:j.faulkner at unsw.edu.au>
School of Humanities
Dr Joanne Faulkner
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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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University of New South Wales
Kensington, NSW 2052

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