Can liberalism be PC? Duncan Ivison's "Postcolonial liberalism"

Alexander Reilly

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In this review, I attempt to engage critically with two issues raised in the book: first, the theoretical limits of a public reason based on disagreement; and second, the potential extent of Indigenous self-determination within Ivison's model of the State. The discussion of these two issues leads me to conclude that the conjunction of postcolonialism and liberalism cannot be sustained theoretically, though the conjunction serves as a useful polemic for teasing out the limits and the potential of liberal political theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-188
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Legal Philosophy
Issue number2003
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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