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Empowerment Respect, Self-Respect, and Political Liberalism

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dc.contributor.advisor Kittay, Eva en_US
dc.contributor.advisor O'Byrne, Anne en_US
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Cara Watson en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Philosophy en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:50:47Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:50:47Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/76606 en_US
dc.description 277 pgs en_US
dc.description.abstract In this dissertation I look for a way to capture respect and self-respect as freestanding political values, prizing respect apart from metaphysically weighty concepts of moral personhood. I do this because I think that concepts of respect and self-respect have an important role to play in political theory, independent of the work done by moral personhood arguments. A shift in our thinking about the meaning of respect might unlock new approaches to problems that bedevil political liberalism. Starting with a critical interpretation of Rawls's account of self-respect, this dissertation re-thinks the appraisal and recognition distinction that has dominated the literature on respect and self-respect since the 1970s. As an alternative, I offer an 'empowerment' concept of respect, where a relation counts as respectful only when it serves (or would serve) to advance the normative power of the respected. By normative power I mean the leverage a person has to contribute to practices they have reason to value. I theorize respect as part of an ongoing process of normative empowerment that has distinct stages: crediting, reckoning, and accounting. With this conceptualization in hand, I work up an empowerment conception of self-respect. Could such a conception help produce an interpretation of Rawlsian liberalism that is better able to respond to those it marginalizes? Testing this idea, I use the empowerment conception to suggest adjustments to Rawls's justice as fairness on behalf of disabled members of the community and their caregivers, as well as on behalf of religiously devout members of the polity. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophy -- Ethics en_US
dc.subject.other Darwall, empowerment, political liberalism, Rawls, respect, self-respect en_US
dc.title Empowerment Respect, Self-Respect, and Political Liberalism en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Mar, Gary en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Khader, Serene en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Dillon, Robin en_US

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