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By John Kekes

In his fresh publication opposed to Liberalism, thinker John Kekes argued that liberalism as a political procedure is doomed to failure by way of its inner inconsistencies. during this better half quantity, he makes a strong case for conservatism because the top replacement. His is the 1st systematic description and security of the fundamental assumptions underlying conservative concept.

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It takes time to evaluate beliefs, and we have only so much time. For any given belief, we may be able to take that time, and it will be psychologically possible for us to evaluate it. But it does not follow that it is psychologically possible to evaluate all 22 The Liberal Theory of Cultural Membership our beliefs. There simply is not enough time for that. In other words the following argument is invalid: (1) For each belief we have, it is psychologically possible for us to evaluate that belief.

19 On Gauthier's view, ethical knowledge is not possible. So it does not make sense to say that someone has an interest in having it. The no38 The Metaethics of Egalitarian Liberalism tion of a harm to someone's highest-order interest in knowing her good is a non-starter. I contend that egalitarian liberals like Dworkin and Rawls have moved away from the economist's notion of value espoused by Gauthier and have accepted a partly cognitivist account of what is valuable in a person's life. The issue is one of moral psychology.

I do not choose my socialization; I undergo it. I perceive the social world just as I perceive the natural world. I see how men treat women. I see how people of my status defer to authority. I see what professions and what institutions are valued. I see what is appropriate for me to expect, and what is not, and when. I see what the rest of my society thinks I deserve. Like natural beliefs, like the belief that snow is white, these social beliefs come to seem natural to me. Herein lies the power that culture exercises over us.

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