Introduction

Andrew Sabl, Rahul Sagar

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    The realist movement in political thought has until recently been defined as much by its enemies as by its theses. It has often spent more time explaining what was wrong with ideal theory than doing realist theory. This essay argues that realism is entering a new phase, constructive rather than combative. It identifies three modes of constructive or affirmative realist theory (present in this volume’s essays and elsewhere). The first focuses on feasibility; the second revisits the realist canon; and the third shows how familiar ideologies can be defended without appealing to the abstract or abstruse philosophical claims on which they are often sought to rely. The essay does not seek unity where none can be found. It counsels accepting that the family surnamed Realism is a large and nontraditional one in which splits and remarriages are not unknown and many prospective partners raise eyebrows.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)269-275
    Number of pages7
    JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
    Volume20
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 4 2017

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    Keywords

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    Introduction. / Sabl, Andrew; Sagar, Rahul.

    In: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Vol. 20, No. 3, 04.05.2017, p. 269-275.

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    Sabl, Andrew ; Sagar, Rahul. / Introduction. In: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. 2017 ; Vol. 20, No. 3. pp. 269-275.
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