程序共和国的宪法:自由权利与公民道德

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【作者】迈克尔.桑德尔

【内容提要】

According to procedural liberalism, to be free is to have the right to pursue my own values, interests, and ends, my own vision of the good life, whatever it may be, so long as I respect other people's right to do the same. According to the public philosophy of procedural liberalism, government shouldn't try to form in its citizens any particular purposes or ends, any particular virtues. Instead, government should be neutral among competing moral and religious outlooks. Procedural liberalism worries about the danger of coercion; it worries about the danger of imposing on people values they may not share. That is why it insists that the Constitution must defend a framework of rights that is neutral among ends, neutral among the competing moral and religious convictions its citizens espouse. The appeal of procedural liberalism is clear.
 

【关键词】 procedural liberalism,public philosophy, civil virtues