Special Issue on „David Estlund’s Utopophobia – On the Limits (if Any) of Political Philosophy“

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Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers
Deadline: May 1, 2021
Name der Publikation: Moral Philosophy and Politics

In recent years, the discussion in political philosophy has increasingly turned to a methodological issue, namely the question whether it is appropriate to carry out studies in this field on contrafactual premises. The debate concentrates on the scope to which assumptions about practical aspects, particularly their guidingness and feasibility, have to be included in the justification of normative standards. Here, realistic, non-ideal and ideal approaches and their respective methods are critically examined for their plausibility. With his recently published "Utopophobia - On the Limits (if Any) of Political Philosophy" David Estlund has made an important and highly fascinating contribution to this debate. In the book, he defends a decidedly ideal approach, subjecting the alternative realistic approaches to meticulous criticism. The central claim of the book is: „It is no defect in a theory or conception of social justice if it sets such a high standard that there is little or no chance of it being met, by any society, ever. Such a theory could nevertheless be true.“


Moral Philosophy and Politics invites contributions on how we are to think or theorize about normative requirements in politics that critically engage with the arguments or pick up themes from Estlund’s book. David Estlund has kindly agreed to respond to the comments and objections.


Guest Editors: Philipp Schink (Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Bad Homburg), Achim Vesper (Goethe University, Frankfurt)

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