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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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What Is Political Philosophy?

Charles Larmore

Princeton University Press

This chapter, whose main theme is the nature of political philosophy, focuses on modern liberalism in order to explain what exactly the principle of political legitimacy is. It explains why political legitimacy should be understood as something propounding and why some may see reason to reject it when it is the best fit for the modern world. It also argues that political philosophy should be understood in its domain in which things are never likely to be as ideally as people think it should. The chapter mentions two connected themes that have shaped the realistic approach to political philosophy. It defends an approach that intersects with the lines of thinking that at the present time often go under the name of “political realism.”

Keywords:   political philosophy, modern liberalism, political legitimacy, modern world, political realism

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