Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Law and Philosophy Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Political Philosophy as Practical Philosophy: A response to "Political Realism"
Author(s): Hope, Simon James
Contact Email:
Issue Date: Dec-2020
Date Deposited: 27-Nov-2019
Citation: Hope SJ (2020) Political Philosophy as Practical Philosophy: A response to "Political Realism". Journal of Political Philosophy, 28 (4), pp. 455-475.
Abstract: First paragraph: From where should political philosophy take its normative orientation? According to self‐described “political realists,” political philosophy is not oriented by ordinary moral reasoning about values and obligations, but must take its normative orientation from an interpretive understanding of the practice of politics itself. This doesn't mean that moral considerations have no place in political philosophy—only that if they do, they must be shown to be supported by or compatible with sources of normativity derived from the practice of politics. The realist answer is typically contrasted with the view that political philosophy's normative orientation has (in the words of two recent opponents of realism) “its ineliminable roots in morality.” In recent years, an increasingly complex debate has unfolded around these two positions, with much of the current focus on whether political realism ultimately collapses back into the position it seeks to reject.
DOI Link: 10.1111/jopp.12209
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hope, S. (2020), Political Philosophy as Practical Philosophy: A Response to “Political Realism”. Journal of Political Philosophy, 28: 455-475, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Licence URL(s):

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
PolPhilPracPhilrev.pdfFulltext - Accepted Version721.93 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

The metadata of the records in the Repository are available under the CC0 public domain dedication: No Rights Reserved

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.