Friday, March 11, 2011

Michael Sandel's Liberalism

From Oz Conservative: Hank Pellissier criticises male-identified males

In the preface, Sandel defines the liberal conception of the person this way:

According to this conception, my dignity consists not in any social roles I inhabit but instead in my capacity to choose my roles and identities for myself. (xiv)

Do all academic liberals believe this, and are they this blunt? Amazing -- no obfuscation here, and Sandel deserves to be labelled an enemy of the true and good.

Justice With Michael Sandel
faculty page


Michael Sandel on Markets and Morals

Michael Sandel’s Reith Lectures.
Chautauqua Institution


Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Thanks for exposing that quote. I'm struck by its anti-Confucian, anti-personalist character.

papabear said...

Yes, it's rather antithetical to the best forms of traditional morality.

Mark Richardson said...

Thanks for the link to my post.

I'm only part way through Sandel's book, so I'm not sure to what extent he himself supports this liberal conception.

But, yes, the discussion of liberalism in the book is eye opening. There are many similar blunt quotes.

And you're correct about the assault on the true and the good. Sandel discusses how a "deontological" form of liberalism, associated with Kant and Rawls, very much subordinates the good (to a concept of "right").