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Janosch Prinz
Maastricht University
Janosch Prinz
University of East Anglia
  1. Political realism as ideology critique.Janosch Prinz & Enzo Rossi - 2017 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 20 (3):334-348.
    This paper outlines an account of political realism as a form of ideology critique. Our focus is a defence of the normative edge of this critical-theoretic project against the common charge that there is a problematic trade-off between a theory’s groundedness in facts about the political status quo and its ability to consistently envisage radical departures from the status quo. To overcome that problem we combine insights from three distant corners of the philosophical landscape: theories of legitimacy by Bernard Williams (...)
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  2. Financial Power and Democratic Legitimacy.Janosch Prinz & Enzo Rossi - 2022 - Social Theory and Practice 48 (1):115-140.
    To what extent are questions of sovereign debt a matter for political rather than scientific or moral adjudication? We answer that question by defending three claims. We argue that (i) moral and technocratic takes on sovereign debt tend to be ideological in a pejorative sense of the term, and that therefore (ii) sovereign debt should be politicised all the way down. We then show that this sort of politicisation need not boil down to the crude Realpolitik of debtor-creditor power relations—a (...)
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    Raymond Geuss’ radicalization of realism in political theory.Janosch Prinz - 2016 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (8):777-796.
    Raymond Geuss has been viewed as one of the figureheads of the recent debates about realism in political theory. This interpretation, however, depends on a truncated understanding of his work of the past 30 years. I will offer the first sustained engagement with this work which allows understanding his realism as a project for reorienting political theory, particularly the relationship between political theory and politics. I interpret this reorientation as a radicalization of realism in political theory through the combination of (...)
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    Principles, practices and disciplinary power struggles in political theory.Janosch Prinz - 2020 - European Journal of Political Theory 19 (2):270-280.
    The Practical Turn in Political Theory sounds like the monograph political theorists have been waiting for – a monograph that identifies ‘practices’ as a uniting theme that runs through several recently influential debates on non-ideal theory, practice dependence, realism and pragmatist theories of legitimacy and democracy, and then discusses the promise and limits of this uniting theme for the future of political theory. However, The Practical Turn is driven by selective portrayals, omissions and misrepresentation, and hence is not a good (...)
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    Can narratives about sovereign debt be generally ideologically suspicious? An exercise in broadening the scope of ideology critique.Ben Cross & Janosch Prinz - forthcoming - Journal of Social Philosophy.
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    From politics to democracy? Bernard Williams’ Basic Legitimation Demand in a radical realist lens.Janosch Prinz & Andy Scerri - forthcoming - Constellations:1-37.
  7. State Legitimacy and Religious Accommodation: The Case of Sacred Places.Janosch Prinz & Enzo Rossi - forthcoming - Journal of Law, Religion and State.
    In this paper we put forward a realist account of the problem of the accommodation of conflicting claims over sacred places. Our argument takes its cue from the empirical finding that modern, Western-style states necessarily mould religion into shapes that are compatible with state rule. So, at least in the context of modern states there is no pre-political morality of religious freedom that states ought to follow when adjudicating claims over sacred spaces. In which case most liberal normative theory on (...)
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    The Tribunate as a Realist Democratic Innovation.Janosch Prinz & Manon Westphal - forthcoming - Political Theory.
    We argue that a reinvention of the plebeian tribunate should play a key role in addressing the challenges stemming from increasing concentrations of, and inequalities in, social, political, economic, and cultural power in liberal democracies. Addressing these challenges, which negatively affect parliamentary representation, requires a form of institutional innovation that gives voice to non-elites who are ruled but do not rule. We propose revisions of the composition and tasks of the tribunate that are tailored to these current challenges. Our fully (...)
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    Realism and real politics. The gap between promise and practice in Bernard Williams’ realism.Janosch Prinz - 2023 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 26 (3):335-355.
    This paper seeks to show that Bernard Williams’ approach to legitimacy falls short of its aspirations in ways that cast doubt on its fitness for guiding the practice of future realist political theory. More precisely, the paper focuses on the shortcomings of Williams’ realism in establishing a connection to (the practices of) politics, and on how to redeem those shortcomings in a way that would render them suitable for guiding future realist political theory. The first substantive section of the paper (...)
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    Seeing like an activist: Civil disobedience and the civil rights movement.Janosch Prinz - 2023 - Contemporary Political Theory 22 (1):38-41.
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    Introduction to the Special Issue on Realist and Pragmatist Approaches to Democratic Legitimacy.Janosch Prinz - 2022 - Social Theory and Practice 48 (1):3-6.
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    Book Review: Politics and the Search for the Common Good, by Hans SlugaPolitics and the Search for the Common Good, by SlugaHans. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 262 pp. [REVIEW]Janosch Prinz - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (5):724-727.