Twenty-One Statements about Political Philosophy: An Introduction and Commentary on the State of the Profession

Teaching Philosophy 41 (1):65-115 (2018)
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Mark R. Reiff
University of California, Davis
Abstract
While the volume of material inspired by Rawls’s reinvigoration of the discipline back in 1971 has still not begun to subside, its significance has been in serious decline for quite some time. New and important work is appearing less and less frequently, while the scope of the work that is appearing is getting smaller and more internal and its practical applications more difficult to discern. The discipline has reached a point of intellectual stagnation, even as real-world events suggest that the need for what political philosophy can provide could not be more critical. What follows then is a set of statements about how I believe that we, as political philosophers, should approach what we do. It contains my view as to what political philosophy should be about, how political philosophy should be done, and how courses in political philosophy should be taught, interlaced with commentary on the current state of the profession.
Keywords What is Poltical Philosophy?  Ideal Theory  Rhetoric  Analytic Poltical Philosophy  Continental Political Philosophy  Powell memo  Neutrality  Koch Brothers  Political Science  Economics
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DOI 10.5840/teachphil201832384
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