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Title: A theory of dystopian liberalism
Author: Tufan, Ege
ISNI:       0000 0004 6494 5249
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2017
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This dissertation aspires to revive the dystopian liberalism which identifies the avoidance of the worst as the fundamental aim of politics. The theory I present consists of three elements overall: The first element is what I call the Priority Claim, stating that the most important aim of social institutions should, morally speaking, be to avoid cruelty qua worst evil (Part I). The second element is the identification of the informal structure, the set of social norms within a population, as an important site to realize this ideal (Part II). The third element is the application of the principle that cruelty be avoided to the in-formal structure (Part III). This leads to an account of desirable social norms and in turn to a concrete answer to the question how individuals can in their everyday lives do their part to create a world that is overall less cruel and more humane.
Supervisor: Tufan, Ege ; Caney, Simon Sponsor: University of Oxford
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Political science--Philosophy ; Shklar ; Liberalism of Fear