Fundamentalism:examining the role of public reason in ‘non-liberal’ approaches to ‘unreasonable’ doctrines

Johnson, Matthew Thomas and Mabon, Simon Paul (2018) Fundamentalism:examining the role of public reason in ‘non-liberal’ approaches to ‘unreasonable’ doctrines. Australian Journal of Political Science, 53 (2). pp. 195-210. ISSN 1036-1146

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Abstract

In this article, we examine ways in which critics of liberalism come to adopt, without acknowledgement, ‘liberal’ forms of public reason in responding to homogenising tendencies of fundamentalist doctrines. We focus on the divergent approaches of John Gray and Slavoj Žižek, arguing that the former upholds a comprehensive form of liberalism, while the latter upholds a political form popular among policy makers who endorse a ‘fundamentalism’/‘extremism’ dichotomy. We argue that the latter fails to recognise that ‘philosophical’ unreasonableness often translates into political unreasonableness. Examining these non-liberal approaches not only indicates the apparent value of reason as reciprocity, it also supports a long-held charge against liberalism: that it is not able to uphold its promise of accommodating radical forms of diversity.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Australian Journal of Political Science
Additional Information:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Australian Journal of Political Science on 09/03/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10361146.2018.1447548
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90159
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Deposited On:
16 Feb 2018 10:29
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Published
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24 Nov 2020 05:58