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ERIC Number: EJ1000286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7561
Response to "A Sketch of Politically Liberal Principles of Social Justice in Higher Education" by Barry L. Bull
Kimball, Bruce A.
Philosophical Studies in Education, v43 p39-42 2012
The author wishes to thank Barry Bull for his excellent and stimulating paper, and he would like to pose five questions or points for his consideration in response. In preface to his first question, the author wants to say that he finds cogent and persuasive the discussion in the section "Issues for Political Liberalism in Higher Education" of reasons for a politically liberal society to take responsibility for higher education. He suggests that all of these "reasons" have to do with the "instrumental value," as Professor Bull says at one point, of education for politically liberal society. In other words, all these "reasons" explain ways in which education fosters political liberalism and prepares citizens for political liberalism. He makes this point because the term "reasons" and other wording in these pages and in the opening paragraphs of the section on "Political Liberalism and Children's Education" suggest that education, in its nature, is especially suited or important to politically liberal society. However, to make that argument would require a large discussion about the nature of education. The author's second question concerns the relationship between Rawls's views of justice as fairness and the politically liberal society. His third question concerns the relationship between empirical and normative claims in the essay, as well as the relationship between American society and political liberalism. His fourth question concerns what might be called the conceptual status of the four points that are presented in the essay and the accompanying table. His fifth and final question concerns the balance between personal and social considerations in formulating principles and policies that are politically liberal. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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