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Charles Larmore, What is Political Philosophy?

In: Journal of Moral Philosophy
Author: Lewis Ross1
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  • 1 Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, L.ross2@lse.ac.uk
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“[T]he pursuit of justice,” Charles Larmore tells us, “needs to be weighed against the importance of there being cooperation at all” (p. 80). And cooperation is not easy to come by. Disagreements about justice and the nature of a flourishing society, even among reasonable and well-intentioned interlocutors, are a pervasive feature of political association. While moral philosophers are free to explore their own conception of the good to its logical conclusions, the distinctive burden of political philosophy is to accept, and to work under, the shadow of possible non-cooperation. The proper business of political philosophy, therefore, ought to be that

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