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Title: Idealization, Justice, and the Form of Practical Reason
Author(s): Hope, Simon
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Issue Date: 2016
Date Deposited: 14-Jul-2016
Citation: Hope S (2016) Idealization, Justice, and the Form of Practical Reason. Social Philosophy and Policy, 33 (1-2), pp. 372-392.
Abstract: First paragraph: In this paper I argue for three claims. First, the question of which, if any, idealizations are justifiable in philosophical reflection on morality and justice cannot be separated from the question of what the appropriate form of reflection is. My second claim, invoking the ancient distinction between the forms of practical and theoretical reason, is that the appropriate form of reflection on standards of justice and morality is practical rather than theoretical. My third claim is that the form of practical reason cannot support many of the idealizations typically deployed in modern moral and political philosophy.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S0265052516000224
Rights: This article has been published in a revised form in Social Philosophy and Policy This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for redistribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © 2016 Social Philosophy & Policy Foundation

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