Feasibility beyond non-ideal theory: a realist proposal

  • Some realists in political theory deny that the notion of feasibility has any place in realist theory, while others claim that feasibility constraints are essential elements of realist normative theorising. But none have so far clarified what exactly they are referring to when thinking of feasibility and political realism together. In this article, we develop a conception of the realist feasibility frontier based on an appraisal of how political realism should be distinguished from non-ideal theories. In this realist framework, political standards are feasible if they meet three requirements: they are (i) politically intelligible, (ii) contextually recognisable as authoritative, and (iii) contestable. We conclude by suggesting that our conception of realist feasibility might be compatible with utopian demands, thereby possibly finding favour with realists who otherwise refuse to resort to the notion of feasibility.
Author:Ilaria CozzaglioORCiD, Greta FavaraORCiD
Parent Title (English):Ethical theory and moral practice
Publisher:Springer Science + Business Media B.V
Place of publication:Dordrecht [u.a.]
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/07/07
Date of first Publication:2021/07/07
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2022/03/15
Tag:Feasibility; Non-ideal theory; Political normativity; Political realism; Utopianism
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Open Access funding enabled and organized by Projekt DEAL.
Exzellenzcluster / Exzellenzcluster Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 10 Philosophie / 100 Philosophie und Psychologie
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 320 Politikwissenschaft
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