Moral Philosophy and Politics 6 (1):175-202 (2019)

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Matthias Brinkmann
University of Oslo
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Political instrumentalism claims that the right to rule should be distributed such that justice is promoted best. Building on a distinction made by consequentialists in moral philosophy, I argue that instrumentalists should distinguish two levels of normative thinking about legitimacy, the critical and applied level. An indirect instrumentalism which acknowledges this distinction has significant advantages over simpler forms of instrumentalism that do not.
Keywords political legitimacy  instrumentalism  consequentialism
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