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Article: Rawls and Realism

TitleRawls and Realism
Authors
Issue Date2012
PublisherFlorida State University, Department of Philosophy. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.fsu.edu/philo/STP
Citation
Social Theory and Practice, 2012, v. 38 n. 1, p. 55-82 How to Cite?
AbstractPolitical realists like Bernard Williams and Raymond Geuss reject political moralism, where ideal ethical theory comes first, then applied principles, and politics is reduced to a kind of applied ethics. While the models of political moralism that Williams criticizes are endorsed by G.A. Cohen and Ronald Dworkin respectively, I argue that this realist case against John Rawls cannot be sustained. In explicating and defending Rawls’s realistically utopian conception of ideal theory I defend a Kantian conception of theory where it is by abstracting from immediate realities that theory is fit to guide practice by providing a framework for political judgment.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/203344
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2009 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.298

 

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dc.date.accessioned2014-09-19T14:13:25Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-19T14:13:25Z-
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dc.identifier.citationSocial Theory and Practice, 2012, v. 38 n. 1, p. 55-82en_US
dc.identifier.issn0037-802Xen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/203344-
dc.description.abstractPolitical realists like Bernard Williams and Raymond Geuss reject political moralism, where ideal ethical theory comes first, then applied principles, and politics is reduced to a kind of applied ethics. While the models of political moralism that Williams criticizes are endorsed by G.A. Cohen and Ronald Dworkin respectively, I argue that this realist case against John Rawls cannot be sustained. In explicating and defending Rawls’s realistically utopian conception of ideal theory I defend a Kantian conception of theory where it is by abstracting from immediate realities that theory is fit to guide practice by providing a framework for political judgment.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherFlorida State University, Department of Philosophy. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.fsu.edu/philo/STPen_US
dc.relation.ispartofSocial Theory and Practiceen_US
dc.titleRawls and Realismen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailGledhill, JS: gledhill@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.5840/soctheorpract20123813-
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dc.identifier.volume38en_US
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dc.identifier.spage55en_US
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_US

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