Is There a Distinctively Political Normativity?

Ethics 128 (4):756-787 (2018)
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Abstract

A slew of recent political theorists—many taking their cue from the political writings of Bernard Williams—have recently contended that political normativity is its own kind of normativity, distinct from moral normativity. In this article, we first attempt to clarify what this claim amounts to and then reconstruct and interrogate five major arguments for it. We contend that all these arguments are unconvincing and fail to establish a sense in which political normativity is genuinely separate from morality.

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Alex Worsnip
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Rescuing Justice and Equality.G. A. Cohen (ed.) - 2008 - Harvard University Press.
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