Anthology: Public Reason
Book project by Silje Aambø Langvatn, Mattias Kumm, and Wojciech Sadurski.
Public reason has been one of the most discussed and controversial ideas in political philosophy ever since John Rawls introduced his political liberal ideal of public reason in the 1990s. Legal scholars, too, are arguing about the merits and problems of conceiving constitutional courts as a place where the justification of public acts are assessed in terms of constitutionally embedded public reason. More recently international legal scholars have suggested that several international courts and tribunals do in fact use public reason, and that this practice helps strengthening these courts’ legitimacy.
In this anthology distinguished political theorists, legal scholars and political scientists discuss public reason – understood in a broad and inclusive way – with a focus on such ideals’ relevance for domestic and international courts