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Taghavi S M A. Taylor: Transcendental Conditions of Human Agency and Two Versions of Liberalism. IQBQ. 17 (2) :55-71
URL: http://eijh.modares.ac.ir/article-27-6443-en.html
Dept. of Politics, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
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Taylor argues that procedural liberalism is not viable, or is insensitive to the conditions of social and political possibility, since it cannot justify the political furtherance of common goods. This is because the ontology and epistemology behind it disregard the “transcendental conditions” of human identity and the “dialogical” way of its formation. Taylor’s own version of liberalism, on the other hand, does not eschew promoting collective goals, such as cultural survival, and is supported by these transcendental conditions. However, his charge of non-viability against the liberalism of rights, and his argument for a liberalism of promoting collective goods, on epistemological and ontological grounds, are not convincing. Although he is right that rights-based theories of justice cannot account for promoting collective goals, such as a culture or a language, that liberal societies at large advance, these are goals that go beyond ensuring the survival of the society or its liberal characteristics, and are about preserving the distinctness of the society.
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Received: 2010/08/24 | Accepted: 2010/05/22 | Published: 2010/08/24

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