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Political philosophy and the attraction of realism

Kelly, Paul (2015) Political philosophy and the attraction of realism. Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 5 (2). pp. 191-203. ISSN 2326-9995

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Identification Number: 10.1080/23269995.2014.962357


The progressive abstraction and professionalisation of political philosophy over the last few decades has invited a ‘realist’ backlash. This turn to realism has been promoted and defended by various philosophers for a variety of reasons. This article distinguishes the components of the realist challenge to contemporary normative political theory by contrasting the typology of realist theories developed by Michael Doyle with another set out by Raymond Geuss. The resulting categorisation of ‘realisms’ allows for an indirect critique of a univocal realist challenge to normative political philosophy because many of the claims upon which these ‘realisms’ rely are as abstract and theory-laden as the position they challenge.

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Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Director's Management Team
Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2014 14:28
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2020 00:07

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