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Meningen med livet och den liberala statens paradox

Hjort, Simon (2008)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Liberal theorists typically argue that state action should not favor any particular conception of the good or meaningful life. On this view the defining characteristic of the liberal state is neutrality among rivaling ideas of the good. This thesis argues that state neutrality is impossible to maintain in practice. Two different versions of state neutrality; neutral justification and neutral aims, are used to analyze a wide range of political issues. It is concluded that far from being neutral, the liberal state favors individualistic and market oriented conceptions of the good life. Given that neutrality is difficult to maintain in practice, 'the paradox of the liberal state' arises, a situation where political reality and theory... (More)
Liberal theorists typically argue that state action should not favor any particular conception of the good or meaningful life. On this view the defining characteristic of the liberal state is neutrality among rivaling ideas of the good. This thesis argues that state neutrality is impossible to maintain in practice. Two different versions of state neutrality; neutral justification and neutral aims, are used to analyze a wide range of political issues. It is concluded that far from being neutral, the liberal state favors individualistic and market oriented conceptions of the good life. Given that neutrality is difficult to maintain in practice, 'the paradox of the liberal state' arises, a situation where political reality and theory conflicts. The only plausible way to escape this paradox, it is argued, is to abandon the ideal of state neutrality and thus making the question of what is meaningful in life a legitimate concern for the democratic state. (Less)
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author
Hjort, Simon
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
liberalism, neutrality, meaning, life, perfectionism, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
id
1318944
date added to LUP
2008-09-03
date last changed
2008-09-03
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  abstract     = {Liberal theorists typically argue that state action should not favor any particular conception of the good or meaningful life. On this view the defining characteristic of the liberal state is neutrality among rivaling ideas of the good. This thesis argues that state neutrality is impossible to maintain in practice. Two different versions of state neutrality; neutral justification and neutral aims, are used to analyze a wide range of political issues. It is concluded that far from being neutral, the liberal state favors individualistic and market oriented conceptions of the good life. Given that neutrality is difficult to maintain in practice, 'the paradox of the liberal state' arises, a situation where political reality and theory conflicts. The only plausible way to escape this paradox, it is argued, is to abandon the ideal of state neutrality and thus making the question of what is meaningful in life a legitimate concern for the democratic state.},
  author       = {Hjort, Simon},
  keyword      = {liberalism,neutrality,meaning,life,perfectionism,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Meningen med livet och den liberala statens paradox},
  year         = {2008},
}