Unpacking public justification

Uriel Abulof, Markus Kornprobst*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This brief response to Greenfeld’s caveat submits that public justification is not omnipresent, but can extend, and has extended, beyond the modern, liberal West. Subscribing to a thin, rather than thick, conceptualization of public justification, we chart the contested contours of public justification, and urge scholars of this emergent field to clarify their own take before advancing pertinent theories and case studies. We briefly expound the nature and historical roots of both ‘justification’ and ‘the public’, suggesting that their amalgam into public justification transcends the modern, liberal West.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-133
Number of pages8
JournalContemporary Politics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2017


  • Public justification
  • basic beliefs
  • communication
  • legitimacy
  • liberalism
  • modernity
  • moral reasoning

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