Two conceptions of universalisation

Pavlakos, G. (2007) Two conceptions of universalisation. Panóptica, 8, pp. 441-460.

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In the short space of this paper I shall confine myself to three basic tasks: first, I shall discuss briefly MacCormick’s conception of universalisation and the types of particularism it blocks. Second, I will remind the reader that there is at least one more type of particularism that MacCormick’s defence fails to disable. In discussing the latter, I will argue that MacCormick’s idea of universalisation is limited in scope for it rests on a restrictive understanding of justification in practical reasoning. Finally, I shall outline an alternative idea of universalisation, one that arises from a richer understanding of the function and the requirements of justification in practical reasoning and, for this reason, succeeds in rebutting particularism.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:(Reprinted with minor corrections from Pavlakos, G. (2006): Two conceptions of universalisation. In: The Universal and the Particular. Essays in Honour of Prof Sir D.N. MacCormick, eds. Bankowski, Z. et al. (Surrey, Ashgate Publishing), 159-176)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pavlakos, Professor George
Authors: Pavlakos, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Panóptica
Published Online:01 January 2007

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