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What Is Political Philosophy?$
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Charles Larmore

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691179148

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691179148.001.0001

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The Truth in Political Realism

The Truth in Political Realism

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What Is Political Philosophy?

Charles Larmore

Princeton University Press

This chapter analyzes groups that follow different moral or religious traditions that generally have their own internal controversies, such as conflicts in the absence of laws to handle them and render social cooperation difficult or even impossible. It also explains why political philosophy is not properly a province of moral philosophy. It talks about the fundamental task in determining the kind of political order that can justifiably impose authoritative rules for handling the major conflicts in society. The chapter also clarifies why legitimacy and not distributive justice should be the primary object of political philosophy. For legitimacy is involved with the conditions under which enforceable rules may be justifiably imposed on the members of a society.

Keywords:   religious traditions, internal controversies, social cooperation, political philosophy, moral philosophy, political order, moral philosophy

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