Anti-political legalism

John Gray in Two Faces of Liberalism says this of Rawls’ liberalism:

The central institution of Rawls’s ‘political liberalism’ is not a deliberative assembly such as a parliament. It is a court of law. All fundamental issues are removed from political deliberation in order to be adjudicated by a Supreme Court. The self-description of Rawlsian doctrine as political liberalism is supremely ironic. In fact, Rawls’s doctrine is a species of anti-political legalism. [my emphasis]

Could a similar remark be made for the majority of Muslim thinking on this subject?

(The chapter of Gray’s book from which the quote is taken can be read online.)

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1 Response to “Anti-political legalism”


  1. 1 sarah September 1, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    love this blog and love your writing!! always intelligent, meticulous and thought-provoking. how excellent to see it back on the blogosphere. keep trucking! (or some such corny motivational slogan:)


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