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Subject/Keyword
Legitimacy
Williams, Bernard
Political realism
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Ollenberger, Adam L
Supervisor and department
Carmichael, Don (Political Science)
Examining committee member and department
Tweedale, Martin (Philosophy)
Anderson, Greg (Political Science)
Garber, Judith (Political Science)
Department
Department of Political Science
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-09-17T10:54:58Z
Graduation date
2012-09
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
In this essay, I present a reading of one of Bernard Williams's late political essays, "Realism and Moralism in Political Theory." Using the work of John Rawls as a foil, I articulate what I take to be distinctive in Williams's approach to political realism, focusing on his account of legitimacy, his emphasis on the role of history in making sense of politics, and the way political theory relates to political contestation. After presenting my reading of the essay as a whole, I focus on one aspect of his account of legitimacy, problematizing both how we should understand his account of legitimacy and how it would function in political practice. I conclude by posing some questions about Williams's realism for further development.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R3JK7B
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