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Is there a distinctively political normativity?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)756-787
Number of pages32
Issue number4
Early online date29 Jun 2018
Accepted/In press27 Nov 2017
E-pub ahead of print29 Jun 2018
Published1 Jul 2018


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A slew of recent political theorists—many taking their cue from the political writings of Bernard Williams—have recently contended that political normativity is its own kind of normativity, distinct from moral normativity. In this article, we first attempt to clarify what this claim amounts to and then reconstruct and interrogate five major arguments for it. We contend that all these arguments are unconvincing and fail to establish a sense in which political normativity is genuinely separate from morality.

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