Principles, practices and disciplinary power struggles in political theory

Janosch Prinz

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The Practical Turn in Political Theory sounds like the monograph political theorists have been waiting for – a monograph that identifies ‘practices’ as a uniting theme that runs through several recently influential debates on non-ideal theory, practice dependence, realism and pragmatist theories of legitimacy and democracy, and then discusses the promise and limits of this uniting theme for the future of political theory. However, The Practical Turn is driven by selective portrayals, omissions and misrepresentation, and hence is not a good source to turn to for understanding the debates it surveys or whether they manifest a ‘practical turn in political theory’ or not; rather, it serves as a warning of how struggles over power can influence and even structure seemingly the most purely intentioned of practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-280
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Theory
Issue number2
Early online date30 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • Normativism
  • practices
  • pragmatism
  • principles
  • realism

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