Justice and Social Cohesion: Some conservative perspectives

Bidragets oversatte titel: Retfærdighed og Sammenhængskraft

Søren Hviid Pedersen

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In the wake of recent debates on multiculturalism and value-pluralism, the pressing questions now focuses on whether social cohesion and the notion of justice are sustainable and can be upheld, at least from a European perspective. There are many theoretical and academic responses, mainly from liberals, on how to accommodate the different demands of various ethnic and religious groups and at the same time sustain a minimum of social cohesion and justice. One voice is missing and that is a conservative perspective. The purpose of this paper is to formulate a modern conservative analysis of this problem. The argument presented in this paper will, first, take its point of departure from David Hume’s notion of sympathy and how this makes social cohesion possible. Second, it will be argued that social cohesion is a prerequisite for the existence of justice, and therefore justice is a derivative of the sentiment of sympathy and of social cohesion. Third, it will be argued that the liberal neglect of the primacy of sympathy and social cohesion in favor of abstract notions of justice renders the liberal responses both incoherent and irrelevant.
Bidragets oversatte titelRetfærdighed og Sammenhængskraft
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - 2011

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Præsenteret ved Midwestern Political Science Association