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Title: Fellow strangers : the mirage of collective political agency
Author: Pourvand, Kaveh
ISNI:       0000 0004 8507 2643
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis criticises the view that citizens do or potentially could control and shape the political institutions that govern them. Such a view conceives of political institutions as the product of the collective agency of the liberal citizenry. This thesis treats John Rawls' political philosophy as paradigmatic of this view, one very prevalent in contemporary political philosophy. Drawing on the social theory of Friedrich Hayek, it argues that we know too little about one another in a large, impersonal society to meaningfully act together in the pursuit of shared objectives. This extends to our political institutions, which are the product of human action but not design. We liberal moderns must reconcile ourselves to a political world that exceeds our capacity to control and direct it.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: JA Political science (General)