Watson on liberalism in Kazanistan

After our lunch break, the day’s 6th paper. Edward Watson presented his paper “Structural Liberalism in Rawls’ Kazanistan.”

Stay tuned– abstract of/notes on Ed’s talk coming ASAP

In follow up to Ed’s talk, some representative questions–

Byron Williston:  What is decency, in Rawls sense, then?

Ashwani Peetush:
Can there be other forms of non-liberal constitutionalism that are decent? By what criterion? That is, is Watson objecting to Rawls’s criterion of decency (in terms of Rawls’s idea of basic human rights), or, simply this particular instance of it? That is, for example, does Cuba count as a decent society even though it is not liberal, do the various First Nation of Canada count as decent? If so, which part of Rawls’s idea of basic human rights is the culprit for allowing too much in?

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