Playing Fair in Modern Democracies
Chapter 13: Qualitative rules and the transvaluational
This chapter discusses how ‘qualitative analytic’ constitutional rules, such as ‘subsidiarity’, might help democratic politics play a socially adaptive and transvaluational role in finding a path through deep differences in values and incommensurate ways of reasoning. It draws attention to how path rules can underpin a ‘logic of consequences’ that substitutes for more formal reasoning, or for the politically expedient. The path rules involve the sequencing of choices, judgements about reversibility, attention to different ways of framing choices and judgments about whether a critical juncture has been reached where choices are particularly consequential.
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