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Political Utopias: Contemporary Debates

Michael Weber and Kevin Vallier


Political theory, from antiquity to the present, has been divided on the relationship between the requirements of justice and the limitations of persons and institutions to meet those requirements. Some theorists hold that a theory of justice should be utopian or idealistic—that the derivation of the correct principles of justice should not take into account human and institutional limitations. Others insist on a realist or non-utopian view, according to which feasibility—facts about what is possible given human and institutional limitations—is a constraint on principles of justice. In recent ... More

Keywords: ideal theory, idealization, non-ideal theory, utopia, justice, realism, feasibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190280598
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190280598.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Weber, editor
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bowling Green State University

Kevin Vallier, editor
Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University

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