Reasonable Disagreement A Theory Of Political Morality

It is sufficient to ask whether equity requires the public provision of assisted housing. Most people who deal with this issue will think of the analogy. Those in favour of making the public available hope to draw a relevant similarity with policies already considered fair, such as the public provision of hospital services to the elderly. Those who oppose the public provision of housing might hope to establish a relevant similarity with policies already considered unfair, such as the obligation to maintain in the household or the support of the elderly. The joint consultation will focus on a number of such cases, which will be brought together. McMahon said it was unlikely that an agreement would be reached on the organization of political cooperation. If each member has a long experience of applying relevant concepts, it will not be possible for everyone to present all the examples of good application that influence their thinking. Individuals simply cannot see the analogies that others see. They will vary in their ability to express relevant personal experiences, and some of these experiences will not be conceptual and will oppose full expression in the language. While unreasonable opinions are acquired through common reflection, there will remain a „zone” of reasonable disagreements, a number of reasonable views. McMahon`s book also presents reasonable disagreements from a historical perspective. Positions that have been reasonably defended in the past, such as the approval of the political hierarchy, may become unreasonable.

„But when a subject – such as the benefits of capitalism versus socialism – has been openly debated for a long time without a solution, there is good reason to think that people who take every position think competently,” he said. The structure of reasonable disagreement 2. Moral Nominalism 3. Agreement and disagreement 4. Resolution of reasonable disagreements 5. Localism 6. Morality and history. The relevant motivation in political morality judgments is the possibility of contributing to a cooperation project whose outcome the officer ultimately considers to be a good result and of making concessions on the officer`s preferred cooperative system, so that other potential co-operators may find an interesting participation (51-52). The people who have this provision are „reasonable,” and if they agree on the fairness of a cooperative system, no one is motivated to make or seek other concessions. While a disagreement may be reasonable, it can also be controversial because, according to McMahon, participants do not recognize arguments against their own as reasonable, regardless of their conception.

„People can agree that they don`t agree that they realize they won`t reach an agreement, but that doesn`t mean that one of them thinks the other is a good argument,” he said. „I think we can understand more about what`s going on in politics than reasonable disagreement if we realize that opposing positions are not necessarily recognized as reasonable.” Disagreement on fundamental religious, moral, philosophical and political issues is a pervasive feature of today`s world, both within and between societies.