Human security and liberal peace - Some Rawlsian considerations

Alejandro Agafonow Cordero

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The aim of this article is to contend that, in opposition to Begby s and Burgess argument, the idea of human security is not able to deal with the potential conflict between individuals and communities claims, unless it is properly qualified by political liberalism. We sustain that it can be expected that negotiations, on behalf of different idiosyncrasies, can reach an overlapping consensus that privileges community security over personal security, institutionalizing what, from a liberal viewpoint, are oppressive practices. Then, liberal peacebuilders have to decide on the kind of incomplete overlapping consensus that would be tolerable; yet, in doing so, they have to be careful not to close the door to enable liberalism to thrive in more traditional societies which, after a long process of experimentation with democratic deliberation, may finally span the core of consensus in order to include sensitive matters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77 - 84
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Reason: Journal of Political and Moral Philosophy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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