The orders of public reason

D'Agostino, Fred (2013) The orders of public reason. Analytic Philosophy, 54 1: 129-155. doi:10.1111/phib.12009

Author D'Agostino, Fred
Title The orders of public reason
Journal name Analytic Philosophy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2153-960X
Publication date 2013-03
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/phib.12009
Open Access Status
Volume 54
Issue 1
Start page 129
End page 155
Total pages 27
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper is about the book The Order of Public Reason by Gerald Gaus. Before considering some of the key arguments of that book and raising some issues about some of the apparatus Gaus deploys, I would like to begin by saying something about my own trajectory across the terrain of public-reason philosophy. I recount this trek, not only because it is always nice to talk about one's own work but also because Gaus and I have been tracking each other across this landscape for a long time now, so that the story of my enquiries can provide a way of introducing his own current approach and also, and more importantly, some salutary warnings, as it might be said, about how not to do it. My ways of approaching this problem led over and over again to dead ends in the middle of nowhere. And Gaus's approach is "the road not taken," but, in this case (if not in the poem), the unequivocally better approach, one that opens out, I think, into an interesting vista not much explored so far and worthy of the consideration it is indeed already receiving.
Keyword Public reason
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
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Created: Fri, 16 May 2014, 14:01:20 EST by Professor Fred D'agostino on behalf of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences