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Feasibility constraints for political theories

Lawford-Smith, Holly


This is a thesis about feasibility constraints for normative political theories. Political theorists talk about theories being 'utopian', 'ideal', 'abstracted', and more obviously pejoratively, 'impractical' and 'unrealistic'. They also talk about theories being 'non-ideal', 'practical' and 'realistic'. What exactly is at the heart of these charges? In the first chapter of this thesis, I discuss the emerging debate over ideal and non-ideal theory. I argue that the criticism of ideal theory is...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d5e7150ed837
Access Rights: Open Access


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