Naturalist Political Realism and the First Political Question

Ratio 31 (S1):81-95 (2017)
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Many political realists reject the idea that the first task for political philosophy is to justify the existence of coercive political institutions. Instead, they say, we should begin with the factual existence of CPIs, and ask how they ought to be structured. In holding this view, they adopt a form of political naturalism that is broadly Aristotelian in character. In this article, I distinguish between two forms that this political naturalism might take - what I call a ‘strong’ form, and a ‘weak’ form - and argue that both ought to be rejected.

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