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A theory of dystopian liberalism

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A restatement of Shklar's liberalism of fear
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This dissertation aspires to revive the dystopian liberalism which identifies the avoidance of the worst as the fundamental aim of politics. The theory I present consists of three elements overall: The first element is what I call the Priority Claim, stating that the most important aim of social institutions should, morally speaking, be to avoid cruelty qua worst evil (Part I). The second element is the identification of the informal structure, the set of social norms within a pop...

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politics
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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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