The Public Interest

The Public Interest

The Public Interest

The Public Interest

Excerpt

In presenting NOMOS V to the members of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy as well as to the general reader, it behooves the editor to point out that its topic, The Public Interest, chosen by the membership for their meeting with the American Political Science Association in 1960, has received some special attention in recent years. The American Philosophical Association fostered a special research project on this subject which was put in charge of Wayne A. R. Leys and Charner Perry. In the last chapter of this volume, Leys presents a general appraisal of this enterprise's results; they are referred to in a number of other contributions. The viewpoints expressed in the various papers vary widely in outlook and methodology, ranging from a reasoned conviction that the public interest is a central concern of political and legal philosophy to the pointedly argued rejection of it as merely a façade for special interests and partisan position in the political battle. The range and content of the papers did not suggest any obvious or self-evident . . .

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