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What Is Political Philosophy?

Charles Larmore


What is political philosophy? What are its fundamental problems? And how should it be distinguished from moral philosophy? This book redefines the distinctive aims of political philosophy, reformulating in this light the basis of a liberal understanding of politics. Because political life is characterized by deep and enduring conflict between rival interests and differing moral ideals, the core problems of political philosophy are the regulation of conflict and the conditions under which the members of society may thus be made subject to political authority. We cannot assume that reason will l ... More

Keywords: political philosophy, reasonable disagreement, conflict, human good, political society, political liberalism, political legitimacy, social justice

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691179148
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691179148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Larmore, author
Brown University

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