Liberalism as a Philosophy of Culture
Philosophy of Politics
Alvydas Jokubaitis
Vilnius University
Linas Jokubaitis
Lietuvos kultūros tyrimų institutas
Published 2018-10-22


liberalism, John Rawls, original position, final position, philosophy of culture, human nature and politics

How to Cite

Jokubaitis A., & Jokubaitis L. (2018). Liberalism as a Philosophy of Culture. Problemos, 93, 102-113.


[only abstract in English; full article and abstract in Lithuanian]

The paper explores the paradoxes of the political philosophy of liberalism. Liberal conception of justice is incapable of providing grounds for an identity of liberalism. Liberals do not have a moral conception of their own. This is a source of a paradox. Political identity points to morality and moral identity points to politics. The aim of this paper is to clarify this paradox. Political liberalism is based on certain assumptions of a philosophy of culture. Liberals defend a conception of culture which justifies their inconsistencies. They lack any coherent conception of morality and politics. The article is an attempt to prove this by using the “final position” – an alternative to the Rawlsian “original position”.

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