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Compromise, Peace and Public Justification

Political Morality Beyond Justice

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Fabian Wendt
    Pages 1-9
  3. Compromise

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Fabian Wendt
      Pages 13-19
    3. Fabian Wendt
      Pages 21-34
    4. Fabian Wendt
      Pages 35-45
    5. Fabian Wendt
      Pages 47-67
  4. Peace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Fabian Wendt
      Pages 71-83
    3. Fabian Wendt
      Pages 85-90
    4. Fabian Wendt
      Pages 91-105
    5. Fabian Wendt
      Pages 107-115
  5. Public Justification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Fabian Wendt
      Pages 119-127
    3. Fabian Wendt
      Pages 129-148
    4. Fabian Wendt
      Pages 149-163
    5. Fabian Wendt
      Pages 165-183
  6. Compromising for Peace and Public Justification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Fabian Wendt
      Pages 201-220

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the morality of compromising. The author argues that peace and public justification are values that provide moral reasons to make compromises in politics, including compromises that establish unjust laws or institutions. He explains how it is possible to have moral reasons to agree to moral compromises and he debates our moral duties and obligations in making such compromises. The book also contains discussions of the sources of the value of public justification, the relation between peace and justice, the nature of modus vivendi arrangements and the connections between compromise, liberal institutions and legitimacy. In exploring the morality of compromising, the book thus provides some outlines for a map of political morality beyond justice.

Keywords

morality justice politics values community

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

About the authors

Fabian Wendt is a Temporary Professor of Philosophy at Bielefeld University, Germany. He has previously been an Assistant Professor at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona, USA.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“This bold and persuasive book takes the moral dimension of political conflict seriously and grounds Modus Vivendi politics on a deeper account of the morality of compromise. This is a real achievement, one that significantly advances our understanding of peace, public justification and the limits of justice.” (Steven Wall, University of Arizona, USA)

“In this important new book, Fabian Wendt explores some neglected features of ‘political morality beyond justice’; and in particular the role of peace and public justification in the grounding of political compromises. In doing so, he develops a sophisticated theoretical account of political compromises, and convincingly shows how and why compromising with justice is sometimes justified. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the political morality of compromising.” (John Horton, Keele University, UK)

“Fabian Wendt’s book is a timely and important contribution to the debates about morally rifted societies. Whereas many of the main theories in the literature embrace highly moralized conceptions of virtues such as toleration and regard consensus as an appropriate ideal of social and political debate, Wendt presents a bracing alternative that emphasizes the importance of peace and the need for compromise.” (Daniel Weinstock, McGill University, Canada)