Republican Freedom Against Pluralism


Phillip Pettit has drawn on a republican tradition in order to articulate a conception of the state as primarily oriented towards pursuing freedom, understood as non-domination. In his framework, domination constitutes a harm that the state ought to alleviate. He explicitly treats this ideal as a political one, but in this paper I assert that there does not exist a political domain of life, distinct from the other spheres of our life. I therefore examine the consequences of Pettit’s theory throughout other domains of life, contending that non-domination crowds out many other conceptions of the good and thereby lies in tension with pluralism.

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Patrick Wu, Yale-NUS College, Singapore

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Conference: AURS2016
Stream: Ethics, Religion and Philosophy

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