Against Ideal Guidance

Journal of Politics 77 (2):433-446 (2015)
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David Wiens
University of California, San Diego
Abstract
Political philosophers frequently claim that political ideal can provide normative guidance for unjust and otherwise nonideal circumstances. This is mistaken. This paper demonstrates that political ideals contribute nothing to our understanding of the normative principles we should satisfy amidst unjust or otherwise nonideal circumstances.
Keywords political ideals  ideal and nonideal theory  political feasibility
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