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Political Utopias: Contemporary Debates

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2017.11.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael Weber and Kevin Vallier (eds.), Political Utopias: Contemporary Debates, Oxford University Press, 2017, 260pp., $39.95, 9780190280604. Reviewed by Patrick Taylor Smith, National University of Singapore This is a compelling representative of a positive trend in social and political philosophy: the exploration of the space between the extremes of idealism and realism. The idea motivating this collection is that there is more than one way to mix ideal and non-ideal elements in one's political theorizing. Each contributor marks a different point on a continuum, with David Estlund's contribution on prime justice the most idealistic and David Wiens's the most realistic. Of course, such judgments are made tricky by the fact that what precisely constitutes an idealistic or realistic theory is one of the several claims that are open to contestation from contribution to contribution. For example, one question. . .

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