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  1. Erin I. Kelly

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee621

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Kelly, E. I. 2013. Publicity. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


Publicity is a broad topic, potentially spanning many others. I will consider publicity primarily as a feature of what I will refer to as the political justification requirement. Publicity is an aspect of the moral demand that political arrangements be justified to their subjects. This means that political justification should be public in these ways: it should be transparent; it should represent common knowledge; and it should be grounded in shared values. So understood, publicity is a condition of the legitimacy of political authority and of the justice of political institutions. Justice and legitimacy are aspects of the morality of institutions (see Authority; Citizenship; Justice).


  • authority;
  • democracy;
  • justice;
  • legal and political;
  • liberalism;
  • Rawls, John